Seedball - Wildlife Collection Seed Boxes
This gorgeous set of six boxes includes wildflower seeds for bees, birds, bats, butterflies, beetles and hedgehogs, totally perfect for anyone who loves their garden wildlife :)
The collection includes one box for each type wildlife plus an information card with details on each wildflower mix.
- Packaging Dimensions: recycled cardboard presentation box 12cm x 12cm x 1.8cm.
- Each box (made from 100% recycled card) contains 6 seed balls, plus a little card insert to explain what the balls are and how to use them.
What's In the Boxes?
- Bee Box - A mix of native wildflowers that bees will just love! This carefully selected mix is designed specifically to attract solitary bees, honey bees and bumblebees. Includes birdsfoot trefoil, foxglove, red Clover, viper’s bugloss and wild marjoram.
- Butterfly Box - This lovely collection of mostly purple, pink and blue flowers is designed to attract butterflies to our gardens, balconies and window boxes and uses only flowers recommended by Butterfly Conservation. Includes purple loosestrife, forget-me-not, musk mallow, red campion and yarrow.
- Hedgehog Box - A wildflower patch of is a super addition to creating a hedgehog friendly garden, not only in providing shelter but importantly to attract a whole range of tasty insects for hedgehogs to feed on. This mix includes yellow rattle, wild carrot, birdsfoot trefoil, tufted vetch, self heal and poppy.
- Bird Box - This careful selection of plants will boost the food supply for a wide range of birds including goldfinches, blue tits, chaffinches, greenfinches, robins, starlings, increasing the number of birds seen in your garden. Whilst in bloom the flowers will attract insects that many birds feed on, while birds will also feed directly on the plants and seeds themselves. Includes corn marigold, poppy, greater knapweed, sheep sorrel, tufted vetch, and wild carrot.
- Beetle Box - The ideal mix to attract ladybirds and pollinating beetles, who are really important for our garden ecosystems (did you know that beetles pollinated the first flowers at the time of the dinosaurs!). The mix includes common knapweed, cornflower, cow parsley, field scabious, foxglove, great burnet and yarrow.
- Bat Box - Contains a special mix of wildflowers to attract a wide diversity of insects that bats feed on (such as moths), including flowers that release their fragrance in the evening when bats are most active in our gardens. The mix also has plants with a combination of long and short pollen tubes and a range of colours and shapes of flower to maximise the number of insects that they attract. Includes borage, cornflower, corn marigold, evening primrose, night-scented stock and wallflower.
How To Use
- They are incredibly easy to use – simply scatter on top of soil or compost (no digging or expertise required!) and nature will do the rest!
- One box will cover 1-2 pots.
- Use 6 boxes per square metre in a garden. Best scattered in Spring or Autumn.
- Scatter in spring or autumn.
- Sprouts seen in 4-6 weeks.
- For more info, please refer to the FAQ page here and watch the video link above
What are Seedballs?
Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Growing wildflowers from seed can be super challenging - they are slow to germinate and grow, and as a result are especially vulnerable to seed and seedling predators.
SEEDBALL's goal is 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
- Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli 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 chilli 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.
What is Seedball?
A ball made from seeds, clay, peat-free compost and chili powder.
Why use Seedball?
The ball prevents the seeds from being a tasty lunch for birds and insects, thereby increasing the chances of your flowers growing. Plus they're super easy to use, no digging and no expert knowledge needed!
What's in the tin?
There are 20 balls in each tin, and around 30 seeds per ball.
How do I grow Seedball?
Just throw onto soil or compost in a garden bed or planter. Your Seedball has everything it needs to grow and, once the ball becomes moist and the temperature is right, your seeds will germinate!
What area will my Seedball cover?
We would usually advise 20 seed balls per square metre, or 3-5 seed balls for a 35cm container.
Conservation: All seed is responsibly sourced in the UK from Flora Locale accredited suppliers, 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).
For more details please visit the Seedball website where they have lots more tips and info about all the wildflowers
- About Seedball
We care about our world and we want to do everything we can to help more people grow wildflowers in the most sustainable way possible:
- All compost used is peat-free.
- All seed is Flora Locale accredited.
- Our tin packaging is manufactured by the last tin maker in London and powered with the help of a solar farm on the factory roof!
- Tin is also highly recyclable and reusable. In fact, if you send us your empty tin and a self-addressed and stamped envelope, we'll re-fill it for free!
- Our office balcony and window boxes are filled with wildflowers (from seed balls of course!).
- Our work space is completely powered by green electricity from Ecotricity
- We donate all seed ball miss-shapes to school or community projects.
- Seedball is a trading name of Project Maya, an eco-social enterprise working to build a global network of conservation and sustainability reserves.
- We were founded by conservation and sustainability scientists, so it's unsurprising that we're also supporting further research on seed balls!
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