Bee Bombs - Wildflower Seed Balls
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Bee Bombs use a technique that is hundreds of years old. The clay protects the seeds from insects and birds. The compost provides organic matter and nutrients. When conditions are right (water, sunlight), the seed ball will break down and the seeds will germinate. Over time, they will grow into plants and flowers that provide habitat and food for pollinators. Spring and Fall are the best times to "plant" them, to mimic what happens when these plants naturally produce seeds. Some of the seeds benefit from cold treatment and will grow best after spending the winter outside.
Planting instructions: Bee Bombs should not actually be buried in soil, just placed (or thrown) on the soil surface. These plants will grow best in full to partial sun - in a spot that receives at least 4 hours of sun daily. Watering them frequently will speed up the growing process, but otherwise you can just let nature take its course. One bomb per square foot for quick results or One bomb per 2x2 feet or 3x3 feet as they will fill in a larger area due to perennials and self-sowing plants. Be patient - some of these plants may not bloom the first year, but will reward you with more blooms in subsequent years!
Seeds for Region 2 (Southern) include: Annual Sunflower, Black Eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Blue Flax, Illinois Bundle Flower, Crimson Clover, White Clover, Alfalfa, Yellow Sweetclover, Standing Cypress, Goldenrod, Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed