How to Make a Seed Ball

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Start by planting pollinator friendly flowers that attract the various species of bees and other flying insects. Packing seeds into a ball and watching them grow is a fun and engaging way to get started.

The Making of a Seed Ball:

Seed Ball Recipe

Types of Seeds to Put in a Seed Ball:

Bees need high nectar-producing plants. Wildflower seeds usually contain a nice mix of annuals and perennials that are attractive to bees. Gardeners can cross-check seeds using the Pollinator Partnership’s Bee Smart mobile app that helps gardeners select the best native plants in their area to attract bees.

Seed Ball Dispenser

Before You Throw Your Seed Ball:

Make sure you select an area that contains good soil. The better the soil, the easier it is to establish the plants. You should also look for flat and level areas of land so that the seeds don’t get washed away down a slope when it rains. Finally, make sure you’re planting your seeds during their recommended planting times. Spring and fall are typically the best times to plant.

A Field with Pollinator Flowers

After You Throw Your Seed Ball:

As the ball breaks apart, the small crumbs become heavy enough to hold a seed in place and offer a nice start for the root system. Once the seeds have had time to germinate, you’ll notice that your flowers will begin to bloom and the bees and other flying insects will begin to pollinate on the sweet nectar you’ve provided them.