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Seed bombs offer a unique opportunity for large-scale restoration projects. Saving time and money by producing larger yields with fewer seeds. Restoration projects in Kenya have proved valuable in restoration efforts. Whereas scattering seeds pose a risk of being eaten, seeds within a seed bomb are protected from birds and squirrels. Seeds within the seed bomb are also designed to protect them from drying out or sprouting at an improper time. Once there is sufficient rain the seed bomb breaks down and the seeds begin to sprout, however, it is a particularly dry spring, and the seeds that are scattered may try to germinate and grow in early summer, which could weaken their survival rate; instead, the seeds in the seed bomb will patiently wait until the following spring, keeping their viability.
Wildflower seed bombs distributed in 2020
Seed bombs distributed since 2018
Large scale projects
Seed bombs offer a unique way to distribute beneficial wildflowers to an area. The idea driving Radical Roots is to place in the hands of 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, and making our neighborhoods and the world a better place.
Unlike annual or pre-established plants, native wildflower seeds take time to grow. 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. This 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 plant 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 in early spring or in autumn. Planting during the Summer months poses 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.
Sometimes the seed will grow only when the conditions are right; this may seem like the seed isn't growing within a certain timeframe, but rest assured, the seed will only grow when it experiences the right conditions (warm, moist soil). Seed bombs are meant to work in areas with preexisting vegetation but will grow better if 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 restoration project in collaboration with Raison River Conservation Authority and ALUS. In Spring 2021 we will post the results of this planting expedition.
The last three images are of the London Ontario Food Bank Restoration Project.
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