Make your own seed bombs

Sowing wildflowers in a flower pot or bare patch of garden provides vital resources for pollinators and other insects (it’s also lots of fun to do!).

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Make sure you use seeds of native species.  Perennial wildflower seeds create a long lasting wildflower area, providing winter habitats and food while creating bold colour from the second year onwards. Ideal seeds to choose would be: Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris), Common Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) and Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).

Pick the right time. The seeds will need rain and sunshine (but not a drought!) so the best time to throw your seed bombs would be in the Spring or Autumn.

Quantity not quality. In the wild, plants produce thousands of seeds with the hope of a few making it into adulthood. Don’t expect all of your seed bombs to grow into mature plants. Rather than making perfectly round and beautiful seed bombs, make a lot of them. The more you distribute, the better your chances are of them sprouting into a beautiful garden.

Seed bombs also make a great gift idea! You can imprint them with stamps while still wet or paint them with water-based paints for a personal touch. Be sure the seed bombs are fully dry before packaging them, as they’ll go mouldy if put into an airtight container while still damp.

Earth Trust’s Land Management team and their army of volunteers collect and sow seeds in the green spaces we manage every year. Establishing a diverse mix of wildflowers enhances the overall biodiversity of an area, attracting insects and other wildlife. It also makes our meadows beautiful, tranquil places for visitors to enjoy connecting with nature.

Find out more about the work we do to provide for pollinators.