How To Make Seedballs - Basic recipe
2 parts potting soil or fine compost
5 parts pottery clay mix from your local art store
1-2 parts water
1-2 parts native seeds of your choice
A tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper (add more depending on how large the batch)
Large tub to mix ingredients
Large box to dry and store seed balls
Mix the soil, clay and 1 part water thoroughly. There should be no lumps. Slowly add more water until the mixture is the consistency of the toy store molding clay that comes in a can.
Add seeds. Keep kneading the dough until the seeds are well mixed in. Add more water if necessary.
Take small bits of the clay mixture and roll into ball about one inch in diameter, or desired size. The balls should hold together easily. If they’re crumbly, add more water.
Dry seed balls for 24-48 hours in a shady place before sowing or storing. They store best in a cardboard box. Do not use plastic bags.
This is a basic recipe and can be used as a guide and starting point for your seedball endeavors. There is a good chance that this recipe will work perfectly, but be advised that those of you in drier climates may need to reduce the amount of clay used in your mixture because of issues with lack of moisture in the environment.
Make sure to only use native seed species. See our page on how to choose the right seeds for your area. This is one of the most important parts of the Savior project.
The cayenne pepper is added to keep animals from eating the seeds out of the seedballs.
Be careful not to add too much water to the mixture. Start by adding a little, mix, then slowly add more water as needed.
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