Recipe for making Seed Balls
A. Dry terracotta clay, finely ground and sifted through a strainer to remove large chunks of clay. Amount: 1 1/4 cup – 5 parts
B. Dry organic compost. Amount: 3/4 cup – 3 parts
C. 1/4 cup assorted seeds*. Various wildflower & vegetable seeds can be used. –1 part
STEP TWO: Mix B & C together. (Seed mixed with dry compost.)
STEP THREE: Add A to B & C mix. Blend everything together well. Next, mist water onto the mixture while stirring. Spray just enough water to allow the mixture to stick/bind together.
STEP FOUR: Take a pinch of the finished mixture and roll (in the palm of your hand) into penny-sized round balls.
STEP FIVE: Put seed balls in the sun to dry completely for a day or two.
STEP SIX: Broadcast seed balls onto dirt area. Water or wait for rain to allow seeds to germinate.
Makes approximately 30-40 balls
NEED 3-5 Inches of rain are needed to get them started germinating.
Using annual wildflower seed in the Schoolyard Habitat
Annual wildflowers will bring the garden to life come spring, by adding visual interest with beautiful color, life and insects.
We can make seed balls and get them watered in soon (either in fall or late winter) for early spring flowers.
Seeds were donated from S&S seeds in Carpenteria for the following:
Baby Blue Eyes
Good companion for Chinese Houses, Tidy Tips, Five Spot. Low growing to l0″ high.
Would still like to get:
An early-blooming annual under 8″ tall with petals of intense magenta. Likes full sun, lean soil. Edible seeds and leaves. Prostrate habit. Important indigenous seed food; seed frequently found in archaeological sites. Petals used for rouge. A welcome and endearing first sign of spring.
Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta
Purple Owl’s Clover
Carpets of pink and purple in serpentine and other areas are created by the free-flowering habits of this low-growing annual. Larval food plant for Bay Checkerspot butterfly. Very fine seed, so we offer it by the small packet. A little goes a long way.
Bird’s Eye Gilia
Charming and dependable California wildflower growing 6″ to 12″ tall. It is one of the wildflowers that profits from close inspection, with its 1/2″ light-blue or violet flowers set off by powder-blue stamen and a yellow throat with a dark purple ring at the top. Long flowering period and good foil to the summer-flowering Clarkias. Marvelous in bouquets. Self-sows, has musky fragrance.Chia