BY AMANDA MOSES
March 19th marks the first day of spring, ushering in warmer days and greener pastures. In preparation for the budding season, Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman has been instructing her students how to make wildflower seed balls. This project, also known as creating “seed bombs,” is the one way gardeners can help spread flowers throughout their community and attract pollinators.
The students at Gateway Intermediate School (IS) 364 have dedicated their last two classes to making these seed balls and dispersing them in front of their school’s grass areas. “It’s a fun and easy way to introduce flowers to an area in clusters,” Roytman said.
The clay balls serve as a protective biodegradable barrier for the seeds, so that animals and other outside elements do not harm the seed. Instead, the clay ball becomes a moist incubator for the seed and as rain slowly disintegrates through the exterior, the seed is then able to germinate, making its way to the soil.
Roytman asked the class to gather in front of IS 364’s Freeport Loop, where she handed them rakes to help amend the soil by the school’s gated patch of bushes and grass. After digging up the soil, the students were then asked to stand on the other side of the fence. Roytman gave them several clay balls and requested that they take turns throwing the balls into the areas where the soil was bare.
The students hope to see the flowers blossom by April, and for them that will be the truest sign that spring has surely sprung.
Photos by Amanda Moses