Seed Balls
II. How To Apply Them
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Once they are dry, seed balls may be stored in a cool dry place, where they may breathe until they are spread abroad. Or they may be broadcast immediately after drying and allowed to lay dormant in place until released by timely rains. The seeds, along with essential soil humus, are already planted within the protective clay shells, so they do not need to be buried. They should not be watered unless you are going to continue to water them until natural rainfall takes over. The seed balls, however, are perfectly content to simply lay about "sleeping" until the right amount of rain falls to insure their success. When rains come, no matter where a seed ball has landed, something from the mix inside will be at home on the spot, so all possible habitat bases are covered in one broadcast application, and plant successions are accelerated by generations. A minimum application seeks a scatter density of at least 10 seed balls per square meter. Adequate coverage requires at least .20 grams of seeds per seed ball, or 2 grams of seeds per square meter minimum! Restoration requires at least 3 grams of seeds per square meter. One acre contains 43, 560 square feet, or 4, 050 square meters. Between 8 and 12 kilograms, or 20 to 30 pounds of mixed seeds are required per acre. One hectare contains 2.471 acres.
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Protected from predatory insects, rodents, birds and other animals, seed balls lie dormant until sufficient rains fall to set them free and start their germination. Then hundreds of sprouts explode from each ball as they eagerly reach for the sun. There are many ways to make seed balls. Experiment! Be like a child and just try them. It's fun! Seed balls can contain wild habitats, gardens, edible landscapes, orchards and farms. The more you put out the faster Nature re-grows. Picture the world the way you want it, then make it so with seed balls.
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"Don't expect anything, just make seed balls, Nature will teach you." - Masanobu Fukuoka - (C) 1996 C. R. Jeavons)
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Making seed balls with all local plants is a great community education project for young and old. Kids catch on
really quickly. They are able to construct, in miniature, the kind of future world they want to live in, roll the idea in clay and scatter it like Nature would, with great hope of success. In a couple of hours one hundred children can make over ten thousand seed balls to rehabilitate their school yard, local park, wildlife habitat or community garden! Enjoy a great way to learn about natural environments while making the earth green.
All Photographs And Text Copyright (C) 1996 Jim Bones (Unless Otherwise Indicated) Box 101, Tesuque, N.M. 87574 (505-955-0956)
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