Seed Bombs and Slingshots

Here’s a recipe for germination and dissemination.

Make mud pies that provide a growing (germinating) place for seeds. Then get creative about flinging—or slinging (disseminating)—those seeds out into the environment.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Plants will grow in a random, scattered pattern and won’t look like a formal garden.

WHAT'S GOING ON

Seed balls maintain seeds in a good condition for growing. Mixing the seeds with compost, peat moss, and nutritious soil keeps them in a state that fosters healthy plants that may grow more quickly.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You’ll have a slingshot with a saddle wide enough to hold a seed bomb. Load a seed bomb into the saddle, pull it back, aim well, and release.

WHAT'S GOING ON

When you fire a slingshot, pulling back the elastic surgical tubing, the energy of your pull is stored in the elastic fibers and transferred to the seed bomb to release quickly.

GLITCH?

If your seed bomb falls apart while it flies out of the slingshot, experiment a little with its consistency. It may need to be dried more to harden it, or wetted again slightly to help it hold together. Consider freezing your seed balls before firing them. You might get them to fly farther, and they’ll thaw quickly once they land.

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