I didn’t get a chance to make some seedballs last week, but we did start with a simple batch of flower seeds that included Globe Amaranth, white clover, Butterfly Milk Weed, and Calendula. After doing a search I found a place right in Albuquerque that sells dried red clay. We picked up a fifty pound bag because I plan on making a LOT of seedballs. I was a little nervous that I was going to some how mess up the recipe, but I think I did OK for my first time. I’m a virgin seedballer after all!
Here’s the recipe I used:
5 parts dried red clay
3 parts compost
1 part seed
1-2 parts water
I mixed the seeds and dry ingredients together, and then slowly added water. We had a good consistency of our clay mixture being not too wet or to dry. My husband and I started rolling them and set them on an old table we had outside. The balls were dry in about two hours, and towards the end of the day, we decided to drop them in little divots we made with our shoe heels. The reason for creating little divots is that since we live in the desert, creating what looks like little mini swales will do a better job and holding on to the water, soaking the seedballs and germinating the seeds inside.
Next was laying the potato patch…here are some photos of each patch being laid:
We did a second patch in another part of our yard:
Finally, we added the seed balls to different areas of the yard: