Seed Bombs: Fighting the Filth

Seed BombsThe guerrilla gardening movement has blossomed as it’s moved from the underground (heh, heh) into the light of day. What is guerrilla gardening? It’s the practice of planting — you might also say beautifying or greening — neglected, vacant land, both public and private. Sometimes this involves edible plants, sometimes decorative (or both). The act, despite its obvious benefits, is frequently illegal and anyone participating should be aware of the consequences, even if they’re seldom applied. Thought the history of the movement has not been recorded — it’s a guerrilla movement, remember? — it reputedly began in New York City and other urban centers during the 1970s when much land was abandoned and public spaces were often ignored.

The major weapon in this ground attack is the seed bomb. Seed bombs contain everything needed — compost, clay and seeds — for starting plants in open ground. They can be dropped, tossed or shot from sling shots (our tests show a danger of backfire with the latter method). Also known by their less radical name seed balls, they’re fun to make and use and are an especially great project for children though we recommend you makes sure your kids know they should be used legally and never as weapons (you can always use seed bombs on your own property, or get permission before attacking someone else’s property). Specific directions for making seed bombs/balls can be found here (Heavy Petal is a fun and informative blog worth bookmarking) and here.

Seed bombs have become so popular that even legitimate businesses have joined this subversive movement of veggie-vandalism. Even such marketing giants as Williams-Sonoma carry pre-made seed bombs. Planet Natural has gone seed grenades one better by offering a selection of SeedBallz. Made by people with disabilities, SeedBallz are offered in a number of flower, veggie, and herb-seed varieties. Purchased or home-made, seed bombs are a great way to go on the offensive in the green revolution.

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