Seed Balls

Seed Ball tags -bothWhat is a Seed Ball?

A seed ball is a mixture of clay, seeds (we use CA native wildflower or grass seed), compost and water that is rolled into a ball, allowed to dry then broadcast into gardens, roadsides and vacant lots. The seeds are protected from animals by the dried clay but will germinate with annual rainfall (or can be irrigated) and will grow into gorgeous flowers. One seed ball can cover about 1 square foot with plant growth and flowers.

seed balls germinating

 “A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball.~Masanobu Fukuoka, father of natural farming

Where can I get Seed Balls?

Our seed balls are currently for sale at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, Floral Native Nursery, Hodges Nursery and, soon, Magnolia Gift and Garden. You can also purchase them at community events we take part in as well as our own events like the PermaBlitz and CPG Gatherings. If you wish, you can purchase them online from our Square Store for pick up at a later date. Seed Ball packs ordered online or directly from us are $7.00 per pack of 15 seed balls -5 of each type wildflower, pollinator and native grass blend.

NOTE: Until we get shipping details worked out for online sales we need you to make arrangements with us to pick up your seed balls. Please contact us at info@earthshed.org or call 530-321-9715.

Seed Ball

How do Seed Balls work?

Seed balls are a quick and ingenious way of promoting plant life without having to do a ton of work. Seed balls are seed clusters, held together by a clay-compost soil medium that you can throw wherever you want plants to grow. The compost provides all the nutrients the seeds need to grow.

The clay in the seed balls protect the seed from the heat of the sun, they’re heavy enough to be unaffected by the wind or heavy rains and the hard clay casing deters animal from eating them as well.

Disperse seed balls well before rainfall stops; this is in late fall or early Spring in our Mediterranean climate. Simply throw into a spot where you want the seeds to grow; a vacant lot, community garden or, for restoration work, all over the area to be planted. They can be tossed onto any type of soil where they will wait until they have absorbed enough rainwater to germinate or can be watered by us to encourage their growth. Do not bury them. You’ve done your job now sit back and leave the rest to Nature.

We use Northern California native pollinators, wildflowers, and grass seed in these seed balls which are great for beautification of unused areas your property, vacant lots and roadsides. (Check out the bottom of this page for the newest wildflower seed types in 2018.)Native Pollinator Seed Balls


Native Grass Seed Balls


Wildflower Seed Balls

When making Seed Balls we are honoring and taking part in the natural cycles of our world:

  • Compost in the Seed Balls hold beneficial microorganisms which comprise the soil food web and make necessary nutrients available for plants…
  • Wildflowers and grasses provide beneficial insects with their need of food and shelter…
  • Insects provide us with the pollination we need for our flowers and food crops…
  • We harvest the flowers, food and seed from our plants, share our surplus, eat our abundance, stay healthy and happy, and make more Seed Balls!
  • And so the cycle continues…

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NEW 2018 Wildflower Seed Types

Wildflower Mix:

  • White Yarrow (Achillia miIlefolium)
  • Mountain Garland (Clarkia unguiculata)
  • Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)
  • California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata)
  • Yellowray Goldfields (Lasthenia glabrata)
  • Common Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)
  • Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)
  • Whitewhorl Lupine (Lupinus microcarpus  var. densiflorus)
  • Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus)
  • Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)
  • Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia)
  • Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
  • Narrowleaf Mule Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)

Pollinator Mix:

  • Mountain Garland (Clarkia unguiculata)
  • Fort Miller Clarkia (Clarkia williamsonii)
  • California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • Gum Plant (Grindelia camporum)
  • Bolander’s Sunflower (Helianthus bolanderi )
  • Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus)
  • White Yarrow (Achillia miIlefolium)
  • California Phacelia (Phacelia californica)
  • Great Valley Phacelia (Phacelia ciliata)

Native Grass Mix: (this type is the same blend as before)

  • California Brome (Bromus carinatus)
  • Threeweek Fescue (Festuca microstachys)
  • Slender Wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus)
  • Blue Wildrye (Elymus glaucus)
  • California Onion Grass (Melica californica)

Pollinator Wildflowers for Seed Balls 2018

Native Wildflowers for Seed Balls 2018

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