Make Your Own 500 Seed Balls
Make up to 500 seed balls with this make your own kit. It’s super fun, pretty messy and a brilliant activity for all ages!
Each kit includes 3 pouches:
1. Wildflower seeds
2. Clay powder
3. Peat-free compost
You’ll also need a mixing bowl, a teaspoon of chilli powder (optional), some water and a tray to dry the balls on. Also included is an instruction sheet giving full details of how to make the balls. The number of balls made very much depends on the size of balls rolled, we’ve based 500 on the size of our seed balls (1cm diameter). The activity can take from approximately 20 minutes to an hour depending on dedication to rolling perfection!
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Each pouch of seed contains a mix of bee and butterfly friendly wildflowers that tend to be the quickest to grow and flower, including Poppy, Common toadflax, Cornflower, Cowslip, Meadow cranesbill, Musk mallow, Oxeye daisy and Red campion.
Once rolled, the seed balls are best scattered in the Autumn, followed by Spring (but as a rule of thumb anytime except winter is fine).
A bright red flowering annual - hugely popular and often used as a symbol of remembrance.
Flowers: May to July
The remembrance poppy is the common field poppy, one of the first wildflowers to colonise disturbed ground or fallow cornfields. It became identified with the battle zones of the First World War, or Flanders Fields, which were originally corn fields.
Flowers: June to October
There is an old belief that when you walk around the flower three times it will remove any spells that have been cast on you!
Flowers: June to August
Cornflowers are edible. They have a cucumber-like taste. Flowers can be consumed in the form of salad and tea, or used as a garnish.
Scatter: Late summer or autumn
Flowers: April and May
The origin of the name cowslip is unclear, but it may derive from the fact that it grows in meadows well manured by cow dung or cow slips.
Flowers: June to September
The large purple flowers of Meadow cranesbill turn into pointed, bill-like seed pods that give the plant its common name.
Description: A tall perennial with large rose pink petals.
Flowers: June to August
The plant is cultivated for its seeds, which are used in perfumes. The plant also yields a fibre that can be used for clarifying sugar.
A perennial with rose pink petals.
Flowers: March to November
Silenus the merry god of the woodlands in Greek mythology, gave his name to Silene dioica. The second part of its scientific name, dioica, means 'two houses', and refers to the fact that each Red Campion plant has flowers of one sex only, so that two plants are needed to make seeds.