Da (seed) bomb.

May 30, 2008

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Last weekend, I did a little diggin’. In the dirt, that is.

That’s right, folks: the upstart coleus and sweet potato vine above are now residents on my less-than-light deck, along with some slammin’ begonias and some shade-loving snapdragons. Out front, I threw in some hardy cosmos, and a pair of potted pink dahlias. (Special thanks to Mommo for her superior start-spotting skillz.)

While I don’t have enough sunpower to fuel a vegetable garden — sad news for a Small Liver — I am a fan of growing my own flora for a spot of color on the outside, and an occasional, fresh-cut jot on the inside. Sometimes, I need a little greenery indoors. You?

Thus, I naturally was drawn to Gregory’s recent AT post on seed bombing in L.A. These guerilla gardeners are mad for making the urban landscape a little greener by tossing homemade seed bombs — tiny, concentrated grow-balls packed with earthworm castings, clay soil, and seeds, seeds, seeds — into barren areas. Then, the opportunistic (yet altruistic) planters watch ’em grow.

Don’t know if this is possible with veggies, but it’s worth a try, I suppose. Something stalwart — kale, maybe? If you’re interested in bombing and it’s a no-go on the edibles, wildflowers always do the trick. Just make sure you get seeds that will grow in your climate, as well as ones that are native. No sense in screwing up the ecosystem in the name of fresh flowers.

For the Seattle readers: Lovely blooms (and seeds, I think) are available at The Copper Vine on Capitol Hill, as well as at City People’s in Madison Valley. No room to garden? No worries: find a P-Patch near you. And, for my fellow CD rezzies, check out tonight’s community gathering to discuss the development of the newest member of the P-Patch fold at 25th & Spring. Meeting begins at 6:30 at the Garfield Community Center, 2101 S. Jackson.

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4 Responses to “Da (seed) bomb.”

  1. Stacey said

    Hello!! I would be happy to offer some dahilia tubers to your collection. I have inherited many from the pops and I have over 12 seperate starts that came from just TWO plants.

    I was herb garden shopping and I saw the coolest garden made of a plastic sack. Made of thick plastic and about the 12 inches wide the gardener cut six holes in it, filled it with dirt and had strawberries, pansies and some other vine plants peeking out. Some were growing so well you couldn’t see the bag. these were hung on hook around the house. I immediately thought of you.:)

  2. Tubers would be awesome; thanks, Stacey. And what a cool idea with the “grow-bags.” While I’m not so keen on the plastic, I’ll bet we could accomplish this same project with sphagnum moss and a little bit of chicken wire, don’t you think? Thanks for sharing!

  3. Follow-up: The Seattle P-I ran a story today about urban gardening. Worth a read.

  4. […] 12, 2009 After all my waxing and whining about growing our own food, the Smallers have taken a size-appropriate step: tomatoes and basil, […]

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