One of the great things about blogging over the years is that it has helped me meet a LOT of really cool/interesting people – people involved in a wide range of fascinating projects/businesses/hobbies etc. One such person is Dr. Blake Ketchum – a new Worm Inn Mega owner who just happened to share a link to her cool little website in a recent email:
What’s hilarious is that while I’d never even heard of seed balls prior to crossing paths with Blake, I’m now borderline-obsessed with the things! As you might guess, this is something that ties in very nicely with vermicomposting.
For those of you as new to this concept as I was a week ago, seed balls (also known as “seed bombs” and “earth balls”) are small spheres consisting primarily of compost and clay (can be various other materials as well). As the name suggests, they also contain seeds.
The basic idea is that you are creating a means of protecting the seeds, and providing a source of nutrition for the young seedlings that grow out of them. And, as any guerrilla gardener will likely tell you, they also offer a handy means of dispersal (easy to throw or shoot with a slingshot) when there’s a tall fence between you and a nice looking vacant lot!
Making your own seed balls is very easy, especially if you happen to have some clay and (vermi)compost on hand. The video below shows you the basics, but you can also find an excellent written explanation on this page (on the Seed-Balls website): “How to Make Seed Balls.
I highly recommend spending some time looking around the Seed-Balls site in general – lots of interesting/educational info there. With a PhD in soil science from Washington State University, Blake is no science slouch, that’s for sure!
(She also happens to be a very talented website designer/programmer, and artist – among numerous other things. FYI – you can look forward to learning more about her and her work in an upcoming RWC interview this spring).
Blake also sells seeds balls (I’m not sure if she sells seed balls by the sea shore, though) – and the mix to make them (with free shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S.).
As for my own seed ball plans…OH YES, I have some very serious seed ball plans…Mooohahahahahaha!
P.S. Be sure to pop over to the Seed Balls Facebook page and give it a “Like”! “Our world needs more seed balls” – and Blake needs more fans! (sitting at 90 as I type this).