SEEDBALL SALAD MIX
A selection of lovely frilly salad!
- A simple way to grow wildflowers from seed.
- Clay ball (plus added chili) naturally protects seed from predators, such as ants, birds and slugs.
- Easy to use – no need to ‘plant’, just scatter on top of soil or compost.
- Wildflower mix perfect for butterflies.
- Ideal for garden beds and planting pots.
- Each tin contains 20 seed balls.
- Each seed ball contains approximately 150 butterfly mix seeds.
- For best results, scatter in the spring or autumn.
Mustard (Red Frills), Brassica juncea
Mustard (Green Frills), Brassica juncea
Kale (Red Russian), Brassica oleracea
Cress (Greek), Lepidium sativum
Salad Rocket (Dentellata), Eruca vesicaria ssp. sativa
All of our salad seed has been lovingly cultivated in Cambridgeshire, we only ever use peat-free compost and our steel tins are manufactured in London (with the help of a solar farm on the factory roof)
Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Here at Project Maya we’ve applied this technique to make wildflower seed balls, as growing wildflowers from seed can be super challenging! As life can get pretty hectic, we wanted to make it a bit easier for everyone to have gardens, balconies and window boxes that are bursting with native wildflowers, buzzing bees and beautiful butterflies! YAY!
Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: wildflower seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chili powder, and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.
The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate – helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chili powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
Seed balls will work well in most environments (as long as the seed is well suited to the local climate and soil conditions) and they’ll work as well in planting pots as in garden beds. Our special seed ball recipe has been developed specifically with the UK in mind (and rest of north western Europe), and all seed used is naturally distributed within this region.
Our Seedball range also includes mixed species varieties – by mixing species with slightly different soil and light preferences, we’ve maximised the chance that at least one species will thrive, where-ever they’re scattered.
An unkown, but brilliant (old) idea
While we’ve developed our own take on the seed ball recipe, various forms of seed balls have been used throughout history – from ancient Chinese civilisations to Native American tribes! More recently, seed balls were promoted by the Japanese natural farming innovator Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka demonstrated that with the labour of just two people working a few weeks a year, seed balls could produce high crop yields without the need for plowing, weeding, or the application of pesticides and fertiliser.
Although the use of seed balls in the UK is only just emerging, they’re commonly used in ecological restoration projects across many other parts of the world, such as the Rainmaker Project in Kenya. They’ve also been used creatively for re-greening urban areas and for urban gardening (sometimes in unusual places!).
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