Seed Balls

Seed Ball

What 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

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…


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.Native Pollinator Seed Balls

Native Grass Seed Balls

Wildflower Seed Balls

Wildflower & Grass Seed List:

  • white yarrow
  • California poppy
  • baby blue eyes
  • valley lupine
  • tree lupine
  • dove lupine
  • blue flax
  • black eyed susan
  • California phacelia
  • lacy phacelia
  • globe gilia
  • western lupine
  • Bolander’s sunflower
  • California narrowleaf milkweed
  • mountain garland
  • giant gum plant
  • whitewhorl lupine
  • California brome
  • slender wheatgrass
  • threeweek fescue
  • blue wildrye
  • California onion grass

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