Part of the For the Love of Bees- School Holiday Program
The clay seed ball, also known as “seed bombs” in guerrilla gardening, is an ancient method of agriculture that was popularized through Masanobu Fukuoka, a Permaculture father figure who uses clay seed balls to ‘naturally farm’ rice and other grains on his farm in Japan.
In their most basic form, Seed Balls are mixtures of clay, compost, and seeds, rolled into a ball shape and left to dry. They can then either be thrown out into a meadow or placed in your garden beds and through exposure to rain and sunshine they will burst into life and grow into healthy strong plants.
Seed balls can be made with any type of seed, though we will be mainly working with annual flowering species rich in nectar and pollen, as well as native perennial species (Manuka, Kowhai etc).
Alongside clay, compost, seeds and water, we will also be incorporating Mycorrhizal Fungi, magnetized iron sand, effective microorganisms, and different types of volcanic soils as well as Biochar.
During this workshop people will have the opportunity to hand-create and take home their own organic seed balls to use to grow into nectar rich, ecologically active spaces for bees.
Come prepared to get soil under your fingernails
Facilitated by Levi Brinsdon-Hall
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