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"Think about it. A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball."

- Masanobu Fukuoka -

Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Here at Project Maya we've applied this technique to make wildflower seed balls (and more recently herb and salad 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 (and now tasty salad and herbs too!) 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.

The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate - helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.

Seed balls will work well in most environments (as long as the seed is well suited to the local climate and soil conditions) and they'll work as well in planting pots as in garden beds. Our special wildflower seed ball recipe has been developed specifically with the UK in mind (and rest of north western Europe), and all seed used is naturally distributed within this region.

Our Seedball range also includes mixed species varieties - by mixing species with slightly different soil and light preferences, we've maximised the chance that at least one species will thrive, where-ever they're scattered. This spring we also launched a new Edibles Range, which includes Salad Mix, Herb Mix and Tea Mix. Tasty! 

For more information on how best to grow wildflowers, herbs and salads from seed balls, see our frequently asked questions page.

 

an unkown, 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!).

"Think about it. A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball."

- Masanobu Fukuoka -

Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Here at Project Maya we've applied this technique to make wildflower seed balls (and more recently herb and salad 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 (and now tasty salad and herbs too!) 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.

The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate - helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.

Seed balls will work well in most environments (as long as the seed is well suited to the local climate and soil conditions) and they'll work as well in planting pots as in garden beds. Our special wildflower seed ball recipe has been developed specifically with the UK in mind (and rest of north western Europe), and all seed used is naturally distributed within this region.

Our Seedball range also includes mixed species varieties - by mixing species with slightly different soil and light preferences, we've maximised the chance that at least one species will thrive, where-ever they're scattered. This spring we also launched a new Edibles Range, which includes Salad Mix, Herb Mix and Tea Mix. Tasty! 

For more information on how best to grow wildflowers, herbs and salads from seed balls, see our frequently asked questions page.

 

an unkown, 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!).