Seed Bombs, Updated

February 9th, 2010

by Tom Fischer

Seed bombs--much, much better than the kind that go boom.

I love this idea! From comes this story about South Korean designer Jin-wook Hwang, who has imagined a high-tech alternative to the low-tech original. As WebEcoist helpfully explains, “The original [seed bomb] was a condom filled with fertilizer, water and wildflower seeds, but most guerrilla gardeners use the entirely-natural kind made of simply mud, compost and seeds,” and which needs only to be lobbed over a fence.

In contrast, Hwang’s seed bomb is filled with dozens of capsules, each of which contains seeds, nutrients, and moisture. The capsules are released in mid-air, and when they reach the ground, the seeds (at least in theory) germinate. The capsule protects the growing seedlings and eventually biodegrades. Pretty fancy, huh?

Hwang sees the seed bomb as a way to halt the spread of desertification in the world’s driest regions, but it seems to me the possibilities go much further. How about a seed bomb with a “Romantic Pastels” mixture of Verbena bonariensis, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, and Nigella hispanica ‘African Bride’? Or a “Gourmet Salad Garden” blend of radicchio, mache, and arugula? However you look at it, it sure beats the old meadow-in-a-can.

3 Responses

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  2. Paul Bonine says:

    I agree, there is marketing potential there. Takes the idea of a scatter garden to a whole new height (no pun intended).

  3. Melody says:

    I like your idea and see a lot of possible combinations. How about specially designed seed bombs based on a person’s name or interests (other than gardening, of course)? Or one to celebrate a new baby or a wedding anniversary? How fun:)

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