fukuoka style seed balls for no till farming - Inspiration Farm
Paul records Brian Kerkvliet of Inspiration Farm in Bellingham, Washington, as Brian makes Fukuoka style seeds balls.
Tips from the Video:
- You can put together multiple different seed types in one ball, but it helps to have them all germinate at the same time.
- It helps to have the seeds be of about the same size.
- Three sisters seeds that don't germinate at the same time did not work well.
- Mix together: 1/3 compost, 1/3 clay, 1/3 seeds.
- When making a lot, have a big tarp (at least 4 feet by 4 feet). Spray water on it and roll the tarp back and forth, adding more water and soil until they roll into little balls. Then let them dry.
- When making it on a small scale, you can do it in a container, shaking as you add more dry mixture and more water in stages.
- You could even use a cement mixer in the same fashion!
- Take them out and let them dry.
- Great activity to do with kids!
- You can use any type of clay (pottery clay, a natural clay deposit)
- Flower mixes, nitrogen-fixing plants, veggie seeds, cover crop mixes. Just bare in mind the size and germination rate.
Here's the summary from the video description:
http://www.permies.com Brian Kerkvliet of Inspiration Farm in Bellingham, Washington shows how to make Fukuoka style seed balls. A mixture of clay, compost and seeds. The balls can be tossed into existing crops. Some people use see balls (or larger "seed bombs") as a form of "guerilla gardening": toss the balls into areas that are desolate and could use some flowers/edibles.
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