A hopeful gift to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and springtime! Seed balls give seeds protection and help seeds stay moist until sprouting.
Ready for a change of pace after a long winter? Here’s why you’ll love jumping into this end-of-winter gardening project:
- Have some good dirty fun with clay and soil
- Marvel at the life-giving potential of tiny seeds
- Watch for signs of spring before planting
- Watch your plants grow into the summer
Materials and Tools:
– Potting soil or compost
– Marigold seeds
– Drying rack
– Small cellophane bags
– Labels (Pictured are the tall rectangular shape labels in the Santa Rosa style using a free photo from Unsplash by Wes Hicks, and a tall rectangular text label in the Watermark Elements style.)
– Hang tags (Pictured are the scallop hang tags in the multichoice caption style.)
- Mix 1 part clay with 1 part potting soil or compost.
- Add water, bit by bit, stirring thoroughly, until the mixture sticks together well.
- Form the mixture into pucks about half the size of a child’s palm.
- Press 4-6 seeds into each side of the puck.
- Set on a dry rack in a dry, warm place for several days until the pucks are dry.
To turn these dirt pucks into inspiring gifts:
1. Carefully arrange several pucks in a small cellophane bag, folding over the top and securing with clear tape.
2. Place a winning label on the front of the package and a text label with planting instructions on the back.
Our planting instructions read:
“HOW TO PLANT
- After the risk of frost has passed, soak the seed pucks in water overnight.
- Choose a place in the dirt for them that gets some sun and water.
- Press each seed puck into the earth so only half of it is above ground.
- Water the seed pucks.
- Make sure the seed pucks get water throughout the spring.
- Look for sprouts after 1 month and gold flowers after 3 months.”
3. Adorn each package with a hang tag, using twine and a hole punch.
4. Your miraculous seed pucks are ready to inspire others!