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Beginning mix:  1 part compost, 1 part dampened coconut coir, 1 part sloppy clay, 1 part seeds

Seeds including crimson clover, white clover, lupine, carrot, onion, squash, dill, radish, sunflower, marigold, amaranth, cucumber, chard, kale, daikon, dandelion, mint,  and a bunch of unlabeled  or old seeds
plus 4 perennials: rudbeckia, echinacea, lilac, wild lettuce

PEP Foraging Sand Seedballs - 4 pounds of seed balls/bombs; at least an inch in diameter, 6 species, and at least 4 have to be perennials
May 13: 4 pounds  
Total time: about 5 hours, not including choosing seeds.
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1 part damp compost, 1 part damp coconut coir, 1 part sloppy clay, 1 part mixed seeds
1 part damp compost, 1 part damp coconut coir, 1 part sloppy clay, 1 part mixed seeds
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This mix needed a lot of compression to hold together
This mix needed a lot of compression to hold together
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May 13. Getting dark, thunder, and lightening.
May 13. Getting dark, thunder, and lightening.
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Photo taken in daylight 2 days later. 4 pounds, even after drying out a bit.
Photo taken in daylight 2 days later. 4 pounds, even after drying out a bit.
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Here's my submission for this BB. My seed balls included:

field mint
white clover
lambs' quarters
mustard seed mix
Shoshone sainfoin
common vetch
hairy vetch
cherry
apple

I'm including these pictures:
 - A picture of the seeds in your mixing container
- The balls/bombs being created
- A picture of the finished balls on a scale showing the weight
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Made some seed balls to set free.

My mix is of
  • nettle, perennial
  • prairie sage (locally harvested, perennial)
  • mullein
  • st john's wort, perennial
  • garden sage
  • green onions
  • quinoa
  • milkweed (locally harvested, perennial)
  • salsify, perennial


  • and the compost is home made, a mix of 9 parts my compost and 1part perlite to keep it airy
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    Seeds, not including the local ones
    Seeds, not including the local ones
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    Mixed seeds, all of them now.
    Mixed seeds, all of them now.
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    Mixing
    Mixing
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    More mixing...
    More mixing...
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    How big they are
    How big they are
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    and weighed out at 5.44lb
    and weighed out at 5.44lb
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    I was working on the mini pond from Earthworks this morning and remembered this bb...have clay will pellet!  Lol
    I made 5-6 lbs. of giant seed pellets with 1/3 seed mix, 1/3 our clay soil and 1/3 compost.
    I generally use my 1/2" seed pelleter found here:
    Homemade seed pelleters

    The seeds I included are:
    Black-eyed Peas
    White Clover
    Red Wheat
    Amaranth
    Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
    Lambs Quarters
    Sunflower

    I like mixing up the size of the seeds and when they germinate because I've found they will pop up at different times.  The white clover will pop up when something else gives is shade, so all the moisture isn't removed.  It is a good nitrogen fixer.  Sunflowers and Lambs Quarters grow wild and love it here.  
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    Note: Requires 4 species of perennial plants. White Clover is one? The rest appear to be annuals.

     
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    Ah...I apologize, I treat annuals like perennials by letting them go to seed and just didn't differentiate.  Lambs Quarters lose foliage but return here.  Sunflowers I let go to seed and new ones grow.  Black-eyed peas I let go to seed and they return.  Amaranth the same, I let some of it go to seed and it returns.  The red wheat I let go to seed.  Clover spreads so I consider it a perennial.  The lettuce I treat as annual.  I'll use technical perennials next time.
     
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    Trying this again! It didn't post earlier!!!

    I got fed up with rolling mud balls and just quit it  -  until the light bulb went on!!!

    I have several of the blue plastic ice cube trays, so, I thought why not? I brought those up to my porch where I had been mixing content.

    These were extremely easy to do. just pack your mixture into the trays, pack down (I used hands and a small board both), set aside to dry, and when dry just twist the trays and the MUD CUBES pop right out. You can also use the boar to scrape off any excess as you don't want the cubes sticking together while drying.

    I had very little breakage from using these trays and they are much quicker to use that sitting rolling a mud ball around until you go to sleep!

    NO MORE MUD BALLS FOR ME!  I'M MAKING MUD CUBES!
     
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