Promote plant emergence by leading your own gardening guerrillas. Whether to attract butterflies, sprinkle colorful spaces in your nature area or green fallow lands close to your home, use seed bombs. You can even make it yourself. To tell you more about this process, we interviewed Jean-Sébastien Griffaton, director of Radis et Capucine, a company based in Trélazé in Maine-et-Loire.
: What is the origin of seed bombs?
Radishes and Nasturtiums: the concept appeared in New York in 1970, to reclaim abandoned spaces. This is where Guérilla jardinière, also known as "Green Guerrilla", comes from, an ecological action led by citizens to reseed neglected land that does not belong to them. It tries to oppose the excess of concrete in our urban universes, in order to make public authorities react. In London, where green spaces are sorely lacking, the guerrillas are extremely active. But beware, it is not legal to dispose of other people's land in this way.
It is therefore a serious matter which, through militant action, is trying to green our planet. But can we re-seed all plants using seed bombs?
A very large number in any case. Vegetables like radishes, aromatic herbs like chives can be planted using seed bombs. The colorful flowers and even the shrubs once reintroduced in these forgotten spaces favor the pollination of cities by birds, butterflies, bees and the wind. In France, local authorities take care not to neglect their green spaces. But taking care of private fallow land represents a significant cost. In certain large metropolises, associations take part in it by using these famous seed bombs which we prefer to call seed balls whose connotation is much less aggressive.
What does Radish and Nasturtium Guerrilla Gardening look like?
We lead a pacifist gardening Guerrilla, both based on the sharing of a passion for nature and the desire to create, even to strengthen, links between the beings of the same family, of the same district. Our approach in this area is above all fun. As a seed producer for almost ninety years, we create our seed beads and flower caps with the cooperation of a French manufacturer labeled EPV (Entreprise de Patrimoine Vivant, Editor's note). For less than 5 €, we offer palets of large vegetable seeds, sunflowers, and bombs of ten seeds of daisies, poppies, blueberries and many other flowers. These small containers are perfect for admiring multicolored spaces where butterflies and other pollinators can forage.
How are these seed bombs made?
These are small balls of clay and potting soil that trap very light seeds. Thanks to this cover, the seeds benefit from essential nutrients but they can also be easily launched on a green roof, in fallow land, walking paths, alleys, at the foot of a traffic light or a billboard, without having to enter private spaces as this would constitute an offense. But nothing prevents you from using these seed bombs in your garden.
Is it possible to create seed bombs yourself?
Some garden centers organize workshops for children and adults where you learn to prepare seed bombs. But wild gardening can also be prepared at home. The principle is simple: it is enough to trap seeds of local plants and preferably perennials in a wet mixture of compost for germination and clay for the protection of the seeds. It remains to shape small balls to keep dry before throwing them in strategic places. For more info: Radish and Nasturtium: garden center, indoor green plant, gardening tools, garden tools (www.radisetcapucine.com).