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DIY Seed Bombs

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DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs – I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you live but in Victoria spring is definitely in the air. The trees are full with cherry blossoms, the fields are covered in daffodils and tiny tender green leaves are poking out of the bushes. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you can look outside and see the plant world waking up from a long winter’s sleep. To help ring in this beautiful new season we’ve decided to make seed bombs. Seed bombs are a fun way to add beauty to hard to reach and neglected green space. This is a great project for kids and is super easy to do. Noelle and I made them in about half an hour and then it took about 48 hours for them to completely dry.  We have a steep and difficult to navigate hill in our back yard that we’ll be bombing with our seed bombs this weekend.

Supplies:

  • Seeds – a collection of seeds of your choice – we used mostly wildflowers but added in some extra seeds as well (note: the larger seeds don’t always stay in your seed bomb easily so use smaller seeds if possible – I used some sunflower, nasturtium and sweet pea seeds that were pretty big and I had to work hard to keep them in the seed bomb)
  • Colored paper torn into pieces – 2-3 pages (I used 3 pages of paper; red, orange and pink)
  • Newspaper torn into pieces –  2-3 pages
  • Blender
  • Silicone mold – if you don’t have a mold you can also just form into balls with your hands
  • 2 cups of water
  • Mixing bowls
  • Strainer

Directions:

  1. After you’ve torn up all your paper, put the pieces into the blender.
  2. Add 2 cups of water to blender and blend everything until pulverized.
  3. Place a strainer over a small bowl and pour the entire contents from the blender into the strainer.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so the water can drain out of the pulp.
  4. Scoop a handful of paper pulp out of the strainer and add a small spoonful of seeds to your pulp.
  5. Gently mix up the pulp and seeds and squeeze out any excess water over a bowl until the seed bomb is fairly compact.
  6. Press the mixture into a mold, squeezing out any excess water and draining it from the mold. Continue until you’ve used up all the pulp.
  7. Finally, using a paper towel, press down on each seed bomb to soak up any left over moisture in the seed bomb – we want to remove as much water as possible to prevent the seeds from germinating.
  8. Allow seed bombs to dry for 24-48 hours and then gently remove from mold.

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  1. Seed Bomb Tutorial

    Seed Bomb Tutorial

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Sisal Rope Bird Feeder

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Quick and easy sisal rope bird feeder.

A quick and easy bird feeder made from a tin can and sisal rope.

Sisal Rope Bird Feeder – Our time at the beach this summer finally came to an end this past weekend.  Sadly we packed up and went back home but not before I had a chance to make this cute little bird feeder.  Over the past number of weeks I’ve seen an incredible array of wildlife and lots of beautiful birds including hummingbirds, sandpipers, hawks, owls, grey herons and the most awe-inspiring bald eagles (see below for some of the bird photos I took this summer). One day we even witnessed an eagle scream down from the sky, dive into the water after a seagull that was floating in the ocean, grasp the seagull in his talons and fly away with the it – this was only about 75 feet away from us.  The size and power of these birds is something you really have to see to believe.

Obviously this sweet little bird feeder isn’t meant for the eagles but there really is a huge variety of birds that live near the beach that would love this feeder.  This is a simple project that kids could easily help make. It only took about 20 minutes to make the entire thing.

Materials:

  • Clean tin can – keep the lid (I used a large tomato can)
  • Sisal rope
  • Piece of metal for post (sorry, I don’t even know what I used, it was just a scrap I found in the garage)
  • Glue gun and glue

Instructions:

  1. Take the tin can lid and bend it in half. 
  2. Take the metal for the post and glue it down so that there is enough room for the birds to perch while they eat.
  3. Insert your can lid so that it fits nicely over the metal piece you just glued in and is just inside the opening of the can and glue into place making sure there are no openings for the seed to fall through.
  4. Find the top middle of the can and glue a long piece of sisal rope (about 2.5 ft) from top to bottom of the can so that you have 1 ft on either side of the can hanging off (you’ll tie this together at the end) – this will be the part that hangs from the hook or tree.
  5. Now, starting at the top of the can, slowly glue down the sisal rope from one end to the other by going around the can in a circular motion until you reach the bottom of the can. Cut the rope and glue in ends.
  6. Cut a piece of rope the exact size of the front of the can and glue on around the top/front edge to help give a nicer finished look to the feeder.
  7. Tie the two 1 foot piece ends that are still hanging to the sides together in a knot.
  8. Fill with bird seed and hang from a hook or tree.

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Birds on southern Vancouver Island.

Birds on southern Vancouver Island – photos by Jamey Ekins.

 

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

| Crafts & DIY, Outdoors

Newspaper plant pots.

Newspaper plant pots.

How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots – Well, it’s that time of year to get all the seedlings started. Usually I just get those little plastic seedling trays to start my plants in but I’ve never been thrilled with the result for my tomatoes which grow stronger when started in roomier pots. And well, why not save a few bucks and be environmentally friendly at the same time. Simply use the newspaper you already have in your recycling and you can whip up tons of these little pots in no time.

I found a YouTube tutorial that explained how to make newspaper seedling pots but really, you can figure it out pretty quickly just by looking at these photos.

Materials:

  • Newspaper (the good old Saanich News is what I used – it’s a smaller tabloid size which is great for this)
  • Some sort of can (soup, beans, spaghetti sauce… whatever size you prefer)
  • Scotch tape

Instructions:

  1. Take one sheet of newspaper and fold it into 3 sections so that when you put your can on its side, it’s about 1.5-2″ longer than the can.
  2. Roll the newspaper around the can making sure you have your newspaper hanging over one end (don’t roll too tight or you’ll have trouble getting the newspaper off the can).
  3. Gently put a small piece of tape on the edge of the newspaper once it’s completely wrapped around the can.
  4. On the end of the can that had newspaper hanging over, fold over the newspaper towards the middle of the can until it’s all folded down. Tap and squish down the paper by pushing the can against a table or other hard surface.  Use a small piece of tape to tape it down.
  5. Remove the newspaper pot from the can.
  6. Fill your pot with soil and plant your seeds or seedlings.
  7. At this point I put all the soil filled newspaper pots in a low plastic watertight  tub that fits about 16-20 pots but you can use whatever you want.
  8. Pour water into the bottom of the tub and it will soak up through the newspaper and into the soil.
  9. When your plants are ready to go into the ground, you can either pop them out of the newspaper pot to plant or just put them straight into the ground since the newspaper will decompose (I’ll likely rip off the bottom of the pot to make sure the roots have room to grow).
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