“Think about it. A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball…” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka, author of ‘Sowing Seeds in the Desert’.
I discovered SEED:Ball at Wilderness Festival run by Project MAYA that works to promote environmental sustainability following the principles of permaculture. All profits are used to fund MAYA’s activities and Project MAYA’s director, Anna Evely, kindly gave me two packets of Bee friendly seed ball mix (worth £4.50 each) to giveaway. The Bee Mix is a selection of wildflower seeds that bees will love, including Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Viper’s-Bugloss (Echium vulgare), Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare) and Red clover (Trifolium pretense). The 1cm diameter balls are made of clay, compost, seeds and chilli powder. The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators. When rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate, and the chilli powder continues to deter predators until the seeds sprout. Clever no? I thought so! I love wildflowers and bought some mixed varieties to throw in my garden before the Summer is out. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning these two packets is follow SEED:Ball on Twitter and comment on this post saying why you think planting wildflowers is important and I’ll ask Anna to pick her favourite comment to win! UK based readers only please. Giveaway ends on Monday 3rd September.