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Seed Bombs: Change for Change

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Seed Bombs: Change for Change

As I have written about before, Guerrilla Gardeners drop seed bombs. Guerrilla gardening is a growing movement of green enthusiasts who transform abandoned patches of land in cities by planting in neglected public spaces and vacant lots. The targets for their seed bombs are usually abandoned lots, sidewalk cracks, and parkways/parking medians. And, they usually “bomb” an area anonymously, sometimes under the cover of darkness.

A seed bomb is made from clay, compost and seeds and they can transform barren and neglected urban areas into lush green and colorful spaces; all they need is sunlight and water since everything else is already packed into the bomb.

While many people make their own bombs, for those living in Los Angeles and a few other cities, there’s a quicker way to get your own seed bombs. Design studio Common Vision has created a project called Greenaid in which they convert vintage gumball machines into seed bomb dispensers. For fifty cents, it will dispense a seed ball that is about the same size as a jawbreaker. They are custom-designed to match each neighborhood’s climate and environment.

For example, in Los Angeles, a typical seed bomb consists of a native wildflower mix of white yarrow, California poppy, lupine, and blue flax.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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10:37PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Why in cover of darkness?

1:50PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Nice idea, except for the use of the word "bomb." I'm sure people who've lost loved ones in explosions or those who've been maimed by them appreciate the analogy.

8:49AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:53PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Go Guerrilla Gardeners!

8:10AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Nice idea, I love to see urban spaces greened. I hope that whoever makes them has done research about invasive species so they haven't made a a larger problem than a vacant lot.

2:27PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Wonderful idea I hope it spreads!

7:27AM PST on Jan 8, 2013


10:03AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

We actually have one of these dispensers where I work and the funniest thing I ever saw was when someone thought it was candy and popped it in their mouth!

10:03AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

We actually have one of these dispensers where I work and the funniest thing I ever saw was when someone thought it was candy and popped it in their mouth!

12:30PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

seed bombs in sidewalk cracks??? :-(

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