One of the easiest ways to get kids interested in gardening is to have them help with the planting process. If the weather outside is not cooperating with you, then making seed balls with your kids will help you beat the cabin fever while still being productive.
To create a seed ball that will help to germinate seedlings, you’ll want to have the following items available.
- Potting soil.
- Pottery clay mix.
- A large tub for mixing ingredients.
- A large box to dry, then store the seed balls.
Make sure that you have your favorite seeds around for this project too! Flowers, vegetables, and herbs can all be prepared for garden planting with this project.
Once you have everything put together, you’ll want to follow these steps.
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Step #1: You’re going to need 2 parts potting soil and 5 parts pottery clay mix. Add 1-part water to the soil mixture, so that there are no lumps. Keep adding water until the soil becomes the consistency of modeling clay.
Step #2: Add seeds to the soil. You’ll want to keep kneading the seed ball until the soil and seeds are well mixed. It will feel a lot like bread dough at this stage. If needed, it is okay to add a little more water.
Step #3: Now add a small amount of clay mixture to the seed ball, rolling it around with the new soil until the ball becomes about 1-inch in diameter. At this stage, the seed balls should be able to hold itself together. If the soil is still crumbly, then it is okay to add more water.
Step #4: Repeat this process until you’ve used up all of your soil and the seeds that you plan to use for the garden. If you are using a full standard retail bag of potting soil, you should get between 3-4 dozen seed balls from this project.
Step #5: Dry your seed balls for at least 24 hours. Depending on the amount of water you used and the quality of the pottery clay mix, the drying process may require 48 hours. Keep the large storage box in a place that is cool, dry, and dark. Do not wrap the seed balls in plastic bags, as this will prevent them from being able to dry.
Step #6: Once the seed balls have dried, they are ready for long-term storage. If the box is damp, transfer the seed balls to a new cardboard box until you’re ready to place them in your garden.
At this point, you have completed a majority of the work that needs to be done. When you’re ready to plant the seed balls, just toss them out into the garden where you want the seeds to grow. They don’t need to be buried, and unless the seeds say otherwise, you don’t need to water them either.
Just sit back, let nature do the work, and you will have completed a fun project with the kids that brought them into the world of gardening.