TechLab STEAM Camp

Make your own seed balls - presented at the Round Rock Summer Enrichment Fair

2/24/2017


Although we do not live in a rainforest, it is still important to care for our native plants, insects and animals.  Two species that we are working hard to help are our local bees and butterflies.   One way to make help bees and butterflies, collectively called pollinators, is to plant local nectar wildflowers. 


A great way of spreading these seeds is to create seed balls.   There are a number of great recipes to make seed balls, but this is the simple recipe that we use when we are presenting at STEM Fairs. 


Making Seed Balls

     Materials

  •        Red Pottery Clay (I got mine from Armadillo Clay in Austin and then collected some local clay from the ranch we will be planting the seeds).
  •        Potting Soil or Worm Bin Soil.  (If your potting soil has much mulch or larger pieces, you may want shake it through a sifter).
  •        Water
  •        Local Seeds (There are great seed mixes from Native American Seed or Wildseed Farms. )
  •        Mixing bowls
  •        1/2 teaspoon    
  •       1 cup measuring cup, 1/2 cup measuring cup


     Instructions

  1.   In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of shifted potting soil, 1 cup of red pottery clay dust and 1/2 cups of water. 
  2.  Mix until you can roll into ball.
  3.  Get 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture and make a flat circle about the size of a quarter.
  4.  Add 3-6 seeds to the middle and roll into ball. 
  5.  Set the seed ball out to dry at room temperature until dry (about 24 hours)
  6.  Your seed balls are ready to spread after about 2 days.  They can also last for weeks or a year.
  7.  Either go out and spread your seed ball, or present them as gifts to your favorite gardener.


We will update with photos after the fair.