The Uncommon Life

Earth Day Giveaway

April 18, 2011

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

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  • Reply Kay Johannes April 22, 2011 at 2:04 am

    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!

  • Reply Phoenix April 22, 2011 at 3:42 am

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

  • Reply ashley April 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

    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.

  • Reply winnie burton April 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

    What a terrific idea to celebrate earth day and add some beauty to the world.

  • Reply Angelia Howard April 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    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.

  • Reply Amy April 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    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!

  • Reply Susan Johnson April 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

    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.

  • Reply Marika April 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    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).

  • Reply Annette April 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

    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!

  • Reply Stephanie April 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

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

  • Reply visualingual April 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Planting seed bombs is great activity for kids, as long as they are supervised, as the seed bombs could potentially be a choking hazard.

  • Reply Terry B Gardner April 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    In the spirit of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, plant wild flowers!

  • Reply Terry B Gardner April 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    In the spirit of former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, plant wild flowers!

  • Reply Maureen April 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I love all flowers including weeds that look like flowers.

  • Reply dorene durette April 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    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

  • Reply Aly April 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    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.

  • Reply Susan J Swasnson April 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply Deborah Cross April 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    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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