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Create some urban green spaces

To create more green spaces, rogue gardeners in cities and urban areas around the globe are performing “random acts of planting, “dropping native seeds in desolate or neglected urban areas. Sometimes they just load up their "Johnny Appleseed" bag, stroll downtown or in their neighborhood and do their thing planting "seed bombs".

Guerilla Art Kit

While some create green spaces the old fashioned way, digging and planting often under the cover of the urban night, others have taken a more unusual approach. In the Guerilla Art Kit, author-turned-guerilla artist Keri Smith describes a basic formula for “native seed bombs” that include two parts native seeds, three parts compost, five parts powdered red or brown clay (found at ceramic-supply stores), and some water resulting in urban green spaces often springing up overnight from the seed bombs.

Creating your own native seed bomb

Form the native seeds with the compost and clay ingredients together into a small penny-sized ball, dry for 24 to 48 hours, and drop seed bombs at will in the urban area. Adding the compost does wonders for the seed bombs. Watch the video to learn how to make your own seed bombs.

Green up that vacant lot or intersection

Try it yourself on that vacant lot down the street or that weedy intersection in your neighborhood or downtown and watch the result. Be sure and include some wildflower seeds in your seed bombs.

And take a few pictures and share them with us... we'll publish an article showing off your efforts from your seed bombs!

Bombs away!



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