How to make seed bombs and make gardening fun!

July is here and the holidays will be here before we know it.

I love to be outside as much as possible with my children in the summer and gardening is a great way of entertaining the children and even getting a bit of work done although quite often the garden looks a lot less tidy after the children have helped!

We dont have a massive garden so we have been careful in what we have planted leaving as much space as possible for the kids to have space to run around. The front garden is full of flowers that bees like and I have even managed to get a little herb garden going in a raised bed which the children love as all the herbs have such fantastic smells. One of my little ones favourite jobs is going out to pick fresh mint for mint sauce.

I try and encourage the kids to be as involved in looking after the planet as possible and I came across this great idea of making seed bombs. Seed bombs are little balls that hold together well and contain a mixture of wild flower seeds.

Here is my recipe:

2 parts potting soil
5 parts pottery clay mix from your local art store (HobbyCraft sells it)
1-2 parts water
1-2 parts seeds of your choice (I just went for a wild flower mix)
Large tub to mix ingredients
Box to dry and store seed balls

We mixed all the soil and clay and water together until there were no lumps, we got roughly the consistency of plasticine, and then we added the seeds and kept mixing. If its a bit dry and crumbly you can add more water. Separate the mixture and roll in to small balls and then let them dry in a cardboard box for 24 hours.

Once the bombs are dry you can throw them anywhere you think needs wild flowers. Hedgerows down country lanes, any unmaintained areas in your town that could do with brightening up, roundabouts or quite literally anywhere! The kids loved their guerrilla gardening and we are now looking out for foxgloves and forget-me-nots to be springing up all over the place!

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