What are Seed Balls?
They are hand-rolled balls of peat-free compost, clay, chilli powder and seeds – the clay provides protection from ants, mice, birds etc; the chilli powder acts a further deterrent for the more persistent ant or mouse; the compost provides a bit of a growing boost. Each ball contains about a hundred seeds and at least 10% of each of these seeds should sprout – survival of the fittest and all that! Seed balls are an ancient method of seed propagation and each ball is its own little protection system to enable more seeds to germinate than otherwise could be the case by scattering the seeds.
How do I Sow Seed Balls?
They are so easy to sow! Simply place them on top of a patch of bare soil in the sun and water – then leave nature to do the rest! No need to crumble the balls. No need to keep watering unless a particularly dry weather spell comes along. They can also be sown the same way in pots. They are best sown in spring or summer – although you may have to wait til the following year with some species for them to actually flower.