A seed ball is a marble sized ball made of clay, earth and seeds which is used to germinate seeds. It is also referred to as seed bombs. Seed Ball is a unique and interesting method in today’s age where the greenery is becoming a silent victim of modernization.Seed balls work as a great idea for a sustainable environment in our concrete jungles. It can also be used as a method for cultivation of plants.
The concept of seed balls were started by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese man famous for popularizing natural farming, the concept has been adopted worldwide now.
Why Seed Balls?
Trees are often the first victims of any place march towards increased urbanization. To encourage to grow trees and to reduce their rate of depletion, seed balls creations helps growing trees in the city. .Among different initiatives to improve green cover, making and distributing seed balls in a quick and cost-effective method to reclaim the lost green cover of the environment.The composition of seed balls makes it self-sustainable and favorable for germination in most environments.Making seed balls are fun and easy.
There are some advantages of using a seed ball instead of using seeds directly:Because there are nutrients in the seed ball in the form of compost or potting mix or cow dung, it gives a leg up to germinating seeds – gives them nutrition in the early days when the young plant needs a little help to survive in harsh conditions.According to the UN survey, there were 3 lakh crores of trees on the Earth. But 46% of the trees have been cut since the origin of human civilization.
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Seed balls are an ancient technique for propagating plants from seeds without opening up the soil with cultivation tools such as a plough.First Method: Dig a 1-1 ½ inch deep pit in your backyard or garden or any other place, and put the seed balls. Spray water for and these seed balls will start grow.Second Method: For mass reforestation one can do throw and grow. In right conditions the seed balls grow.
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Seed balls are easy to distribute quickly over distances. They can be thrown, slung, or flung much farther than one could throw a seed.Seed balls commonly have fibrous organic matter (ours do), that helps hold the seed ball together upon impact, guaranteeing safe delivery.Surface conditions can be dry, overly hot or cold, and windy making life hard on a germinating seed. Seed balls buffer these harsh conditions.The clay and organic matter in our seed balls has a very high surface area and holds a lot of water. This helps retain moisture, facilitating germination and growth of the seedling.
The Chemistry of Our Seed Balls
Emerging seedlings are delicate. Seed balls provide a stable microcosm with a steady pH and complete nutrient supply for the young plant. In the image to the right, a clover seedling requires ample nutrition while its roots are forming associations with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. We use three kinds of compost to optimize the nutritional chemistry of our seed balls:Rich compost, mostly from food and garden scraps, provides nutrients and water holding capacity.Bokashi and bokashi compost tea. Bokashi is produced through a traditional anaerobic Japanese fermentation method. We lightly compost the bokashi in aerobic conditions to break down the compost a bit more. It has a very low pH.Vermicompost. The vermicompost is wonderful for seedlings. The well-digested compost has loads of available nutrients for the seeds. It also has a lot of wood fiber from paperboard that we recycle in the worm bin. This helps hold the seed balls together. It has a high pH. Coconut coir, this buffers highly active chemistry as well as boost moisture retention.We use the acid bokashi and the alkaline vermicompost in balance to provide the right pH range for germination.
Seeds stay dormant until very specific conditions trigger germination. By buffering the variability in the seed’s environment, seed balls provide a lengthened interval for the seed to safely germinate when conditions are ideal. Our seed balls have a mix of natural clay, compost, vermicompost, and post-ferment bokashi. These composts not only have a wealth of nutrients for the seedling, they also have a special community of naturally occurring microorganisms. The microorganisms further break down the organic matter in the seed ball making additional nutrients available as the plant grows. There is mounting evidence that microbes in the bokashi inoculate the soil and may provide lasting benefits to the plants at the site (Yan and Xu 2001, Shao et al 2008, Dou, Komatsuzaki, and Nakagawa 2012).
Although seed balls protect seeds from birds and rodents, plants grown from seed balls can contribute to biodiversity and provide color and food sources for creatures on the landscape.They can improve soil fertility when containing fine and deep rooting species or species that favor nitrogen fixing symbionts. Seed balls can help enrich the landscape in neglected areas such as roadsides and abandoned lots.You’ll notice that we don’t ship every kind of seed ball anywhere. All plants have their place, but also could become problems in some other regions. We use current research to identify safe areas where we can sell our seed balls.
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Types of seed balls
There are two types of sed balls based on coloration. One is plain and another is colored. For coloration we are using natural materials. Other than this classification one can use tree seed balls, vegetable seed balls, etc .,