The young members of William Harding School Gardening Club wanted to improve wildflower habitats around their schoolyard, so they used the wildflower seeds they received from Bucks Buzzing to make ‘seed balls.’ Seeds balls are fun to make and even more fun is scattering them around!
When seed is sown on top of the soil, it may dried out by the sun, blown away by the wind, washed away by rain, or nibbled by birds or other wildlife. Making seed balls addresses all of these problems: clay balls protect seeds from the heat of the sun, are heavy enough not to be blown or washed away, and the clay forms a shell to deter hungry wildlife looking for a snack. You can toss them into a neglected area and the seed ball contains everything it needs for the seeds to survive, grow, and thrive.
Using native seeds is a great opportunity to learn about how important native plant species are in the environment, as well as how important pollinators are to us!
There were even enough for everyone to take one home to use in their own garden.
If you want to make your own seed balls, you can find directions via this link to the Wildlife Trust website.