Perhaps you’ve seen them in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Woman’s Day magazine or while wandering around an Anthropologie store. These seed bombs are actually made by VisuaLingual, a little design studio in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. With the popularization of guerrilla gardening in the spring of 2010, the bombs took off and Anthropologie ordered a few thousand. VisuaLingual documented their initial adventure in mass-production on their blog, and you can read the article here. It looks like an insane amount of work, since each bag is hand-screenprinted and then filled with instructions and five little clay and seed-packed balls. I love the photo of Maya looking un-enthused about the whole finished ordeal.
What are seed bombs? They are weapons of mass-beautification and interesting accessories in the world of guerrilla gardening. Guerrilla gardening is sort of a quiet anarchy: cleaning public or unclaimed spaces and planting food or trees or flowers in the space. Seed bombs lend themselves to a drive-by attack on disgusting landscapes. VisuaLingual‘s seeds are packed in a clay mixture, and this disintegrates, effectively planting the seeds and nourishing them simultaneously. So you can really just toss them out your car window and witness the effects a few weeks later. There are many kinds of handmade seed bombs (filling eggs with soil and seed works) and I’ve even seen someone selling clay/seed compressed into the shape of a hand gun.
However, I appreciate VisuaLingual’s seed bombs because of their attention to the difference in climate and native wildflowers of each region of the U.S. They also sell herb bombs and bombs that contain cat and dog friendly plants, such as catnip, wheat and rye. I have tossed the bombs in my own garden to try them out and…they work great! There were little clusters of New England wildflowers where the bombs had landed. So, looking for an inexpensive way to beautify a neighborhood eyesore? Or add a bit of spontaneity to your garden? VisuaLingual‘s seed bombs are have been thoughtfully put together and are a moderately priced idea. I am considering experimenting with my own seed bomb recipe, so look out for that to come in the coming months.
All photos in this article belong to VisuaLingual.