What are seedballs
Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Project Maya have applied this technique to make wildflower seed balls, as growing wildflowers from seed can be super challenging - they are slow to germinate and grow, and as a result are especially vulnerable to seed and seedling predators. Our goal is to make it a bit easier for everyone to have gardens, balconies and window boxes that are bursting with native wildflowers, buzzing bees and beautiful butterflies,Yay!
Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder, and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.
An unknown, but brilliant (old) idea
While we've developed our own take on the seed ball recipe, various forms of seed balls have been used throughout history - from ancient Chinese civilisations to Native American tribes! More recently, seed balls were promoted by the Japanese natural farming innovator Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka demonstrated that with the labour of just two people working a few weeks a year, seed balls could produce high crop yields without the need for plowing, weeding, or the application of pesticides and fertiliser.
Although the use of seed balls in the UK is only just emerging, they're commonly used in ecological restoration projects across many other parts of the world, such as the Rainmaker Project in Kenya. They've also been used creatively for re-greening urban areas and for urban gardening (sometimes in unusual places!).