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Earth Day Giveaway

Earth Day is just a few days away and this year our Earth Day resolution is to plant more.

We’re teaming up with our Better to Give partners at American Forests to help them plant more trees. And we’re talking to our friends Maya and Michael about their wildflower eed bombs– a revolutionary way to grow flowers in your community. Learn more about their work to green the world, and how you can win a seed bomb pouch of your own!


Seed bombs planted by Victoria in San Francisco

1. Why were you inspired to create the wildlflower seed bombs?

We live in an inner-city neighborhood in Cincinnati that has a fair number of vacant lots. We had read about the guerrilla gardening practice of making seed bombs and throwing them onto abandoned property as a simple act of community beautification. After some experimentation, we decided to package our seed bombs into pouches resembling miniature seed sacks to enable others to partake in this DIY activism.

2. How do you pick which seeds to include in each wildlflower seed bomb?

Each regional variety contains a varied mixture of seeds that grow well with little or no special care in each area, and which are suited to a variety of growing conditions, including sun, shade, and drought.

That way, even in a challenging environment, at least some of the plants are sure to grow and thrive. These plants do well in areas that may be difficult to conventionally sow.

3. What advice do you have for people looking to do their own guerrilla gardening?

Guerrilla gardening isn’t about pruned hedges or perfectly mowed lawns! It’s about rolling up your sleeves and positively impacting the environment around you in a small but effective way. Seed bombs can be used in your own garden, or as part of a neighborhood-wide beautification effort. They’re perfect for those of us who don’t have green thumbs but want to get involved in gardening.

Ready for some guerrilla gardening of your own?

Enter to win a wildflower seed bomb packet! Tell us a little about your own gardening habits in the comments below, and how a packet of seed bombs will help you spread some peace, love and flowers in your community.

Triple your chances to win, by posting to our Facebook wall, and tweeting @uncommongoods.

Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, but we hope you won’t spend too much time reading blogs on Friday. Make sure you get outside and do something nice for the planet!


Photo by Victoria

Written by julia

Julia is the Community Outreach Manager.

68 Comments

  1. Kay Johannes

    We have 35 acres that I’m trying to turn into a wildflower wonderland. These seeds would help me to spread the beauty and attract more creatures of nature!

  2. Phoenix

    I would love to add more wildflowers to the grasses near our creek. The hummingbirds, bees & local wildlife are all very fond of flowers.

  3. ashley

    I always have try to have a garden to provide my family with fresh vegetables through the summer. Planting more flowers around our home would be wonderful to pull in more nature. Plus, I’m a artist and I’d love to draw some the flowers after they bloom for my nature journal.

  4. Angelia Howard

    We have 7 acres and these would be perfect for around our lake area. I think we should enjoy not so perfectly manicured lawns, more natural landscape is beautiful.

  5. Amy

    I live on a corner lot that faces a busy street, and would love to plant some wild flowers to make the passerby’s enjoy the scenery a little more, and make their wait at the stop sign a little more plesant!

  6. Susan Johnson

    We recently moved to a new home. While there are already many nice plants, there is a small hill that could use some prettying up. Wildflowers would look great there. They might help with erosion too.

  7. Marika

    When I walk my dog, Walter, I am scouting for seedheads on flower borders. I let my dog sniff which creates a diversion for me picking the seed pods and sprinkling along roadsides, in my yard, in my bachelor neighbor’s yard (otherwise it would be a wasteland). It’s fun when I see something come back and know it is a sign that Walter and I have been there. (and I always pick up after Walter).

  8. Annette

    I am always trying to add new and colorful perennials to my small gardens. I love seeing butterflies and hummingbirds frolick along the bright flowers and fronds. I would love to scatter some wildflower seeds and see what pops up!

  9. Stephanie

    My daughter loves to garden and our favorite flowers are wildflowers. She would love this so we could plant around our yard.

  10. dorene durette

    i love to go up country and dig wilflowers from the side of the road very hardy they take well not much care and most of all there beautiful

  11. Aly

    I love that seed bombs are indigenous! I have a backyard that has been designed to look and stay “natural” and seed bombs would be a wonderful addition to the landscape. Local wildlife and local people would love the natural beauty.

  12. Susan J Swasnson

    I grew up with my grandmother teaching me how the Indians used this wildflower or wild herb in our woods. It was such a gift. I always planned to have a backyard full of different kinds of flower gardens, but never got that done. I have left part of it as a wildlife habitat with a few mowed pathways in it and would love to add some other wildflowers to it, so the flower bombs would be a huge gift and help to enrich that area.

  13. Deborah Cross

    My husband would be so grateful if I threw wildflower bombs into the area that I beg him to brush mow every year! It is a tone of work and the flowers would mean that I wouldn’t want him to cut all of the field. WEll except where the bluebird houses are becasue they like the open grass. :)

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