Launched in 2013, Audubon North Carolina’s Bird-Friendly Communities initiative is a partnership program involving more than 20 organizations with a vision for creating a more bird-friendly North Carolina. This vision statement guides the goals and projects of the group: “Bird-friendly communities give birds the opportunity to succeed by providing connected habitat dominated by native plants, minimizing threats posed by the built environment, and engaging people of all ages and backgrounds in stewardship of nature.”
Spring is right around the corner and we’ve got the perfect activity for the whole family to welcome the warmer, brighter days ahead. While you are thinking about which plants you’ll be growing in your bird-friendly backyard, why not give roots to even more native plants by making your own seed bombs!
Toss this DIY little bomb of guerrilla bird activism in neglected spaces around your home; drive one to work or to your kid’s school. These are so easy to make!
Here’s your next awesome activity to do with your kids. From toddlers to teenagers – get help making these bombs. You’ll get a little dirty, but who doesn’t get dirty when you’re doing a great activity to benefit the birds in your backyard.
Three steps to fun:
- Order FREE seeds from the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.’s North Carolina Wildflower of the Year program. 2015’s plant is the Fire-pink Silene virginica.
- If you want more selection visit NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill or Ernst Seeds
- Gather your ingredients
- Flower seed
- Potter's clay powder, from any craft shop
- Peat-free compost
- A bowl
- Baking sheet or planting tray
- Make your bombs!
- Mix the seed, clay, and compost together in a bowl to a ratio of three handfuls of clay, five handfuls of compost and one handful of seed.
- Then carefully add water slowly and gradually (you don’t want it too gloopy), mixing it all together until you get a consistency that you can form into truffle-sized balls.
- Form balls. This recipe can usually make a lot!
- Lay them out to bake dry on a sunny windowsill for at least three hours.
Seed Bomb Instructions Source: Gardenista