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I confess, I drive with a tupperware full of seed balls (aka seed bombs, though let's resist normalizing war references) full of sunflowers to toss wherever I feel they might just thrive, especially along highways and vacant lots, as well as to share with anyone who seems to take a shine to such a ruckus
My four-year-old niece and I are making sooOOooooOooo many this weekend, re-filling our stash and here are a few of the things we've learned across the years:
a ratio of 3:1 clay to compost is dreamy
resist making them larger than a cherry, the size of a large blueberry is a fabulous snack while not inhibiting your sprouts
resist adding more than 3 seeds per ball so sprouting seedlings don't compete with each other
the seeds that thrive in seed balls seem to be those that don't mind direct-sowing as well as less than optimal conditions like sunflower, phacelia and cosmos. Calendula also thrives just about anywhere, though they can readily re-seed themselves as a carpet, so we tend...
For years we’ve been asked to demystify seed starting and here it is: Rise & Shine: Starting Seeds with Ease shares everything you need to start seeds successfully at home in 25 beautiful pages with easy-to-follow instructions and insightful tips for the novice and experienced grower alike.
For years we’ve been asked to demystify seed starting and here it is: Rise & Shine shares everything you need to start seeds successfully at home in 40 beautiful pages with easy-to-follow instructions and insightful tips for the novice and experienced grower alike.