Since we last visited the seed bombs dried up nicely – the unusally warm weather didn’t hurt.  All in all they turned out well and I got about 30 out of the deal. But the next time I’m going to up the percentage of clay to the mixture – these are a little light.  I guess I should be grateful these bombs will only be tossed once.   

As I mentioned earlier my goal was to create something special for native pollinators, so for those of you keeping score I give you:

The Quasi-Native Pollinator Seed Bomb!

Joe Pye Weed



Bottlebrush Grass

Rattlesnake Master

Prairie Dock

Common Milkweed


Prairie Coneflower (g)

Echinacea (g)

Sunflower (nn/g/a)

Marigold (nn/g/a)


(g) = garden grown

(nn) = non-native

(a) annual flower


In keeping with the loose knit goals of Guerrilla Gardening (pretty loose, I have to imagine) I intend to deploy these in places where they have a chance to germinate and grow without the threat of being weeded by humans. So, relax Oak Park!  It’s not at all likely one of these will wind up in your bed of petunias. But, if you live along the banks of Silver Creek, look out.  

Let’s be honest. Lobbing a couple dozen seed bombs in the cause of Guerrilla Gardening isn’t going to change the world very much. This is as much performance as gardening. They’re being slung out into rough quarters of the landscape where their survival will be up to the whims of Mother Nature. They may not be seen until 2013 in some cases, if at all.  

These tiny weapons of hope are just that. The act of tossing a seed bomb is an uncertain act, but it makes one hopeful, and that’s not so bad is it? 


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Dave Coulter

I have been a horticulturist for thirty years working in the Chicago area and beyond. I have lived in Oak Park for over thirteen years. My writing has recently appeared in the journal Ecological Restoration...

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