Seed Balls: How to Make Them Customize Them for Your Region

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How to Make Seed Balls

Seed balls are actually pretty simple to make. They're made from a mix of red clay powder (which you can buy at most art supply or craft stores), water, compost, and (of course) seeds. Here is an easy recipe for making your own seed balls.

Herb Seed Balls

Some herbs are great additions to seed balls. Even if you aren't planning to use them for cooking, the flowers of many herbs are favorites of a variety of pollinators, and certain herbs, such as dill, provide food for caterpillars. Here are some herbs for seed balls.

Regional Wildflower Seed Ball Recipes

If you're using your seed balls to beautify an empty lot or even a corner of your own garden, your best bet is to use seeds for plants that are native or adapted to your region. With that in mind, here are a few recipes for wildflower seed mixes for different regions of the United States. You can mix all of the recommended seeds or just a few of your favorites.

  • East Coast Wildflowers: These include many old-time favorites, such as baby blue eyes, rose mallow, sweet William, and black-eyed Susans.
  • Southeast Wildflowers: These are plants that can stand up to the heat and humidity of the Southeast United States.
  • Midwest Wildflowers: Many classic prairie plants, such as milkweed, compass plant, and prairie aster, which can handle both the frigid winters and hot summers in the Midwest, are included in this list.
  • Northwest Wildflowers: The temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest is perfect for plants such as California poppy, Chinese houses, and godetia.
  • West Coast Wildflowers: African daisy, desert bluebell, and mountain phlox are just a few of the gorgeous wildflowers included in this list.