Seed bombs offer a unique way to distribute beneficial wildflowers to an area. The idea driving Radical Roots is to place in the hands every individual the power to contribute to restoring native plants throughout Canada. One small action has huge benefits. Helping bee and butterfly populations, adding biodiversity, promoting soil conditions, making our neighbourhoods and world a better place.
Unlike annual or pre established plants, native wildflower seeds take time. Most species will not flower/bloom the first year. We make the seeds bombs with a ratio (generally 50/50) of wildflowers that have the ability to flower in the first year verse ones that do not. Which is why we only use perennial wildflowers. Growing a native garden may not be what you’re used to when gardening. In most cases the first year will look like green plants. But don't fret, the seeds are working their magic.
Working with Radical Roots seed bombs is a pledge to conservation, not just the aesthetic of having flowers. The pledge to put forth native wildflowers to help preserve pollinator species, which in turn helps to conserve native ecosystems. This isn't instant gratification. This is patience This is growth year after year. This is sustainability for the future.
Planting can be done early Spring or in Autumn. Planting during Summer months pose a risk of the seed bombs not germinating until the following year. While the seeds will remain viable you may not see any growth again until the following year.
Seed bombs protect the seeds inside by encasing them with clay and worm compost. This mixture protects the seeds from drying out, washing away or being eaten by birds or squirrels. Rain or water releases the seed allowing the seed to take root. Often times the seed will grow when the conditions are best, this may seem like the seed isn't growing within a certain time frame but rest assured the seed will only grow when experiences the best time (warm, moist soil).
Seed bombs are meant to work in areas with preexisting vegetation but will grow better is a spot is cleared of grass prior to planting. With native species some types need to experience stratification before germinating and growing.
The first 5 images are of a resortation project in collaboration with Raison River Conservation Authority and ALUS.
In Spring 2021 we will post the result of this planting excusion.
The last three images are of the London Ontario Food Bank Restoration Project.