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.
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