We all know that the world is not perfect.  However, many of us are excited by the opportunity to change our communities for the better, but don’t always feel empowered.  I have a simple idea that could be attractive if you (1) like tea and (2) have a green thumb.

You may or may not have heard of them, but seed bombs are one way to transform a dull, unattractive, or non-functional slice of urban landscape.  I first learned about seed bombs several years ago when I stumbled upon the glories of guerrilla gardening (which is gardening on someone else’s land).  Seed bombs are essentially small balls of soil, seeds, and clay that can be used to expedite, or simplify, the process of guerrilla gardening.  These little balls are meant to beautify, or functionally alter, non-used – or neglected – land.

Consider a vacant field full of tall weeds and the occasional candy bar wrapper.  While walking or driving down the street, you probably try to avoid visually engaging such a waste of precious space.  It may look devoid of life, or just plain desolate.  There is, however, something you can do about it – and yes, it involves seed bombs.

The vacant lot is not your property, nor can you comfortably maneuver a shovel on it without attracting attention.  However, you can engage in an abbreviated form of gardening, just by tossing a clod of fertile dirt.  

This process, while seemingly idealistic and mysterious, is actually fairly practical.  All you need to do is mix a combination of hibiscus seeds, red clay, and soil.  Roll the mixture into small balls, and toss them anywhere you think they will have a chance to grow.  While traditional seed bombs are often planted mainly for beautification, sometimes they can be grown and harvested for their edible attributes.    

Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to create these herbal tea seed bombs!