“Think about it. A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball…” — Masanobu Fukuoka

“Think about it. A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball…” — Masanobu Fukuoka

Seed balls consist of a variety of different seeds 

rolled within a ball of red clay and compost.  

Seed Balls : aka : Seed Bombs : aka : Earth Dumplings : aka : Garden Cookies

The technique for creating seed balls was developed by Japanese natural farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka.

Seed balls promote biodiversity and have use in nearly any region where plants can grow. This method is great because the balls created have a strong structure to help protect them from the seed eating animals and insects. Seed balls are beneficial for natural landscapes, home gardens, edible landscaping, planting cover crops, and  also for reseeding ecosystems into areas of man-made deserts. When the rains fall it will soak the clay ball and stimulate the seeds, then the seeds contained inside the balls will germinate in ideal conditions for the climate/region.

Making seed balls is a fun project is great for all ages and focuses on a creative way to create biodiversity in our local ecosystem.




The recipe is simple:

5 parts       red clay

3 parts       organic compost

1 part          wildflowers, cut flowers, or vegetable seeds




 The additional tools you will need are:

2 buckets (1 for seed mix, 1 for water to wash hands)

Measuring cup (can be any kind of reusable or recycled cup)

Gloves (only if you want to try to keep your hands from being dyed red by the clay)

Egg carton (for drying the seed balls and easy transportion)

Wear some Art clothing (I can almost guarantee that you will get dirty doing this project)




There are three steps:

1. Mix all the ingredients together and add enough water so can easily be shaped and rolled into a ball.


2. Get creative with the seed ball mix and make simple balls or fun shapes. The size isn’t very important, but a seed ball the size of a quarter will have roughly 50 seeds inside.

3. Allow them to dry for 24 hours in the sun.

Now, go and toss them around town when you are biking, hiking, driving— or plant some in a container and watch them grow! Enjoy.


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