Activity Four: Seeds
Homemade seed bombs
Wildflower seed bombs have to be one of the most fun ways to rewild the corners and crevices of our gardens and communities. Native wildflowers are vital for the lives of native butterflies and moths- some of which are on the verge of extinction.
What you need: packet of wildflowers, compost, clay, and small paper bags.
Activity: Take a packet of native wildflowers, they are often labeled by season too, so choose a packet that suits the month you are in.
Take one cup of compost and one cup of clay - both of which you may have in your garden, or are easily bought from a local garden store.
Mix your packet of seeds in with the clay and compost and begin to roll them into small balls, around 3-5 cm wide.
They will dry out in a couple of hours so you can pop them into a paper bag and transport them to where you will fling them. Or you can gift them to someone you think would like to embrace their wild side!
Chose derelict patches of ground, or railway tracks, or grass verges. Although it often doesn't appear to be the case, all of these places home an abundance of wildlife that would benefit from some wildflower growth. Chuck a few seed bombs in each place and send a good thought out with them!
As you watch these wildflowers bloom over the coming weeks and months remember your month of rewilding. Keep an eye on the extra wildlife that begins to thrive. Monitor the native moths, sketch their progress from underground pupa to winged creature.
Activity contributed by Lucy AitkenRead
Lucy AitkenRead writes from a yurt in a forest in New Zealand. Lucy has recently combined her history in environmental campaigning and her role as a mother to write a manifesto for families wanting to discover the wild running through their veins. "30 Days of Rewilding- find your place in nature and watch your family bloom" is now available on Amazon. Find Lucy and her family at her blog lulastic.co.uk