Last weekend, Isaac (my 5 year old) and I were extras in a student created zombie film. It was a blast and Isaac and I had quality family time together. Sure, some people think of quality family time as something completely different but that’s ok, we are just a different breed I guess.
Today, we were supposed to go out to the Carlisle Spring Clean up and pick up trash in the neighborhood. Isaac has done this 2 previous times with me and he gets really into it. He absolutely loves it and asks about it multiple days prior to the event. Due to a bad weather blitz, it was postponed today but that gave Isaac & I time to make seed bombs, another non-traditional family bonding event. I’m guessing some people don’t know what a seed bomb is so let me try to explain. It’s basically a nice little ball of clay, compost and seeds that is easily launched into areas where it isn’t easy to plant seeds, like vacant lots and areas with fencing. Truthfully, I don’t have too many of those around my area, but I figured that making a bunch of seed bombs would allow me to simply mash them into tree lawns and other sad spots I come across in my travels.
It was a piece all about guerrilla gardening which is essentially gardening where you aren’t allowed to (or at least didn’t get permission). More importantly though, it’s making a place green and growing again where often the space was neglected and overgrown with weeds. I would never touch any space that actually looks like someone might be taking care of it but there are an abundance of neglected spaces right around the corner from where I live. I have also been eyeing up an empty tree lawn right in front of the post office where a tree was cut down for some reason. It just looks so sad to me.
So, back to the seed bomb building. I had to inform Isaac what a seed bomb was and of course he asked if they explode. I told him they kind of do but not the way he was thinking. I went out to the yard and dug up some red clay and got some compost to bring inside. I have a bin of seeds and some of them have been given to me in envelopes and others just weren’t well secured when I first planted some. This has made a nice mess of seeds in the bottom of the bin. I took everything out of the bin and pooled the extra seeds and got started. I have no idea what half of the seeds are but I guess that will be part of the fun. None of them are harmful and they are either vegetable or flower seeds. I definitely saw some peas, beans & sunflower seeds as well as a smattering of other unrecognizable seeds. We used the method laid out by Instructables but there are a wide variety of options if you wanted to create them in a different style. I’m not sure when exactly I will have the time to get these out but I am off a few days next week so guerrilla gardening I may go!