Craftivism How to make seed bombs

Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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How to Make Seed Bombs

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How to make seed bombs

We recently shared an article on extreme seed bombs that you fire out of a shotgun. A couple of folks have asked about how to make seed bombs with a little bit less firepower, and it reminded me about the article below that I wrote back in 2008 for Ecolocalizer. It’s a simple seed bomb recipe, no shotgun shells required.

How to Make Seed Bombs

selected from Ecolocalizer

File this under genius! Carbon Copy shared an easy recipe for how to make seed bombs. Carry these little home-made pellets around and toss them into places that could use a little bit of plant life. Here’s how you do it!

  • Combine 2 parts mixed seeds (Maybe ones from a local solstice seed swap?) with 3 parts compost. (I bet that organic potting soil would work, as well.)
  • Stir in 5 parts powdered red or brown clay.
  • Moisten with water until mixture is damp enough to mold into balls.
  • Pinch off a penny-sized piece of the clay mixture and roll it between the palms of your hands until it forms a tight ball (1 inch in diameter).
  • Set the balls on newspaper and allow to dry for 24 – 48 hours. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to sow.

How to Make Seed Bombs

Toss them at will! Please be respectful over other folks’ property, though. It’s a lot tougher to talk to people about green space and guerrilla gardening when they’re angry.

Image Credits: Wildflowers photo via Shutterstock; Seed Bombs Drying photo by Jeff Wright

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Laura

    I had to laugh – because one of my favorite jokes between hubby and me, is when they say “fire at will!” in the movies – we both say, un unison, “there they go, firing at poor Will again!” and Here you are tossing at “Will!”
    Great post, great idea and great directions too!

    • Zoe

      Laura, that was a sweet moment in my day :) poor Will…..

      Thanks CAGW for the above article, I’m about to try guerrilla gardening for the first time this week, so all tips are welcome…

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