Da (seed) bomb

I’m gonna to make some seed bombs this weekend, to scatter around my neighborhood before the rains start in Cape Town.

Basically, a seed bomb is a combination of soil and seeds, made into a ball, that you throw in hard to reach places. The seeds then germinate, with a ready made soil base.

I’d like to use flower seeds that are hardy and will flower during winter. I am thinking marigolds and Cosmo. Any other suggestions?

3 Responses to Da (seed) bomb

  1. Nicola Anthony April 13, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Marigolds and Cosmos should only be sown in the spring when temperatures start to rise. In Cape Town annuals to sow now would be: Bokbaai Vygies, Poppies, Namaqualand Daisies, Nasturtiums and Stocks, Nicola

  2. Lynne April 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

    Love the seed bomb idea – but it should only be indigenous! Why would you want to spread aliens when we have so many beautiful plants of our own!

  3. Lorraine Solomon April 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    I applaud the idea of seeding in urban areas, especially where urban blight can be given a lift. However, the spread of non-indigenous, invasive species into the already delicately balanced and threatened natural veld around cities, and especially in the Cape Town area, is of great concern. Cosmos (Cosmo?) is already a major invasive weed in Gauteng, where it has crowded out natural species in large tracts of land, and Marigold has the potential to become equally invasive if it escapes into sensitive areas.
    Would it perhaps be safer to bomb with indigenous seeds? Much of the information on the internet with regard to seed-bombing states specifically that the seeds contained in the bombs,be of plants and grasses that are specifically indigenous to the surrounding area. I am sure the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Seed Room would be able to suggest appropriate varieties and some indigenous seeds can be bought in bulk from Silverhill Seeds (silverhillseeds.co.za) at a reasonable cost.
    I would check with Kirstenbosch but here are some suggestions: Felicia, Cotula, Gazania, Arctotis, Monopsis, Monsonia, Osteospermum, Scabiosa, Wahlenbergia, Barleria, Bulbine
    Seed bombing is a great idea that can turn really bad, really quickly. Please take a little time to research the plants to use and be aware that wind and moving water can carry seeds a great distance out of the city and into the veld where these plants can do great damage.

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