4. Roll Into Balls
Use your hands to roll each section out into a round ball. This step definitely reminded me of making cookies. Each ball should be roughly the size of a quarter.
5. Add Seeds!
I used a toothpick to poke holes in each seed ball and fill with milkweed seeds. Milkweed seeds are medium sized so I could press them further into the center of the ball. If you’re using smaller seeds (like poppies) make sure to keep them towards the surface of the ball so they have the best chance of germinating. If you’re using larger seeds (like sunflowers) they can be buried deep in the center of the seed ball.
I added about 6-7 milkweed seeds per ball. Make sure not to put too many seeds in each seed ball as they could get overcrowded once planting.
6. Roll Into Balls Again
Once you’ve added the seeds, use your hands to roll the bombs into round balls again, making sure to press the seeds in.
This is easiest part: let your seed bombs dry for a few hours until hard.
Waiting for the seed bombs to dry.
8. Plant (Or Store For Next Season)
If you’re making your seed bombs in the off-season, simply store the seed bombs in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until it’s time to plant. A mason jar in the back of a closet works great!
How To Plant Seed Bombs:
When: Plant in the fall once there have been a few frosts and there is no chance the seeds will germinate before spring. If you’re making milkweed bombs like I did, fall is the only time to plant. If you’re making seed bombs with other wildflowers, sow in the fall or in the early spring once there is no more chance of frost.
Shop Milkweed Seeds
How: Simply throw the ball onto bare soil in the garden or like a true rogue gardener, toss balls in random spots throughout your property. With a little water and plenty of sunlight (with the help of the compost), your seed bombs will germinate and grow easily.
My milkweed seed bombs will eventually become a haven for monarchs!
I had a lot of fun making seed bombs and the entire process – once I had the ingredients – took less than an hour. Have you made seed bombs for your garden? Please share your experience in the comments below!