Disrupt the domesticity of garden rows and fixed borders with a burst of serendipity. Pioneering Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka called seed balls "a small universe in themselves." And it's true these small lumps of clay, humus, and seeds contain everything you need to get a plant started — you're basically burying your seed before it hits the ground. Throw them into the garden, let them fall where they may, and then just wait to see what sprouts. You can buy seed balls online, but we recommend you make them yourself.
- Cookie sheet
- Wax paper
- Spray bottle
- 1 cup compost
- 1 cup dry clay
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, wildflower seeds, or mustard greens
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Spray or slowly pour water into the mixture until wet enough to hold together. Roll into balls 1 inch in diameter. Cover cookie sheet with wax paper. Place balls on cookie sheet and let dry in the sun.