[permaculture] Seedball recipe - On Seedballs

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Tue May 31 23:24:46 EDT 2011

Seedball recipe - On Seedballs

On Seedballs

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Seedball recipe


This recipe is given as a guideline. As any cook knows, a recipe has to 
be adapted to the ingredients available, the skills of the cook, the 
guests group composition and dynamics, and his own philosophy on food.


         1.1 Seeds
         1.2 Clay
         1.3 Soil
         2.1 Proportions
         2.2 Method

Again the best method you can use is the one adapted to the needs of 
your relationship with the land and to the availability of the 
components. However, seedballs users generally recommend the following:


The most important of all the ingredients.

For ecological restoration purposes, please contact me at 
anthony.delfau at gmail.com

For any other purposes: NEVER USE SEEDS OF EXOTIC SPECIES other than 
edible aromatic or medicinal plants in your edible and medicinal 
landscape (your garden).

You can mix the seeds if it makes sense ecologically (i.e. companion 
planting), try it !

The seeds should be dry and treated if needed.


Clay found naturally on the land, preferably red or brown.

Recommended alternative:

Commercial grade red powdered terracotta clay is the best one for 
multiple reasons going from its amazing plasticity to its iron oxide and 
manganese content.

The clay should be dry and sifted.


Topsoil found naturally on the land.

Recommended alternatives:

Worm castings is the best one for multiple reasons going from its 
plasticity to its nutrient content.

Organic homemade compost with fungi spores and bacteria.

Old termite mounds, ants nest waste, etc

The soil should be dry and sifted.

  > NEVER USE POTTING MIX as it is dead soil (it is pasteurized).

  > Do not use animal manure.


One measure of seeds (more or less depending on the size of the seeds, 
three of soil, five of clay.

1, 3, 5


1)       Mix well soil and seeds in a bowl.

2)       Incorporate clay and mix well.

3)       Slowly add water to the mix, hand-working it thoroughly as you 
would do it for cookie dough.

4)       Make a big ball of dough that you will hand-work so as to 
render it nice, smooth and plastic.

5)       Take pinches of the big ball and roll small smooth and 
crack-free balls about the size of a marble. Humidify your hands  if 
necessary throughout the process

6)       Put the seedballs to dry in the shade.

8)    Store preferably on one layer in a dry place or else in paper bags 
but always in a dry place.

9)       Propagate preferably before the growing season, as a rate of 
about 10 seedballs per square meter for ecological restoration purposes.

It’s all about having fun!

Do not hesitate to contact me for additional information.

  For more information on the ingredients and the process, look here

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