Everyone wants to help our honey bees, and you can too by growing flowers they love.
Even more fun is turning your seed planting into clay bee bombs which you can mush into the soil or just throw about to let nature take its course.
Seed bombs, which we like to call bee bombs, are an ancient natural farming method that helps protect seeds from predators like birds and insects while nature prepares them for sunshine.
Making Bee Bombs is such fun because its easy!
- 1 Cup of mixed seed/seed of your choice
- 5 cups of compost
- 2/3 Cups of clay (powdered from a craft shop or nice fresh clay soil if you have handy)
- Water and a mixing bowl
Then Buzz Buzz
- Into your mixing bowl mix up seeds, compost and clay
- This is the fun part now, with your hands, slowly mix in the water until everything sticks
- Roll balls out of your mixture and place them in the sun to bake and dry
- Then go mad and throw them wherever you want to grow them
SO FLY BY FOR BULBS AND SEEDS TO GROW THE BEST BEELUV
Bee Bomb brilliance lies in a long history in traditional sustainable farming. Seed balls in clay have been around for centuries and have been tried and tested over many decades as part of sustainable farming practices. They are known to be an ancient Japanese technique called Tsuchi Dango “Earth Dumplings”. In 1938 a Japanese microbiologist Masnobu Fukuoka reintroduced these earth dumplings by incorporating them into his own farming methodology.
Well known for his book The One-Straw Revolution, Masnobu led the practice of ‘natural farming’, using nothing but nature, no chemicals or machines, with little weeding required. With his seed bombing, he believes that nature takes care of what will grow now, later, or not at all. He was known to have grown vegetables like wild plants, alongside weeds. He would bomb ‘river banks, roadsides and wastelands’ and let nature take her course.
“He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, did not flood his rice fields as farmers have done in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan.” Ref www.onestrawrevolution.net
The Bee Smart Schools Program is a key component of our Seed Program. Follow the Bee Smart Bee for a school fundraising hive.