I met the amazing women that created Seedball years ago through volunteer conservation work I was doing in London. Ana and Emily are conservation scientists and started Seedball from their kitchen table making wildflower mix seed balls by hand from a unique blend of seed, clay (to protect the seed from ants, mice, birds etc.) peat free compost (to give seeds a boost) and chilli powder (an extra predator deterrent). This ancient technique of seed propagation provides all the nutrition and protection that a seed requires for its early growth – which is particularly useful for growing wildflowers, as their seeds often takes longer to germinate and grow than other garden plants.
The business has grown hugely since then but it is all still handmade in London. They are doing brilliant work to help bring back our lost wildflower meadows and save our pollinators. These tins of seedballs make great gifts for any nature lover and gardener, and are they are so easy to use that everyone can have a garden, balcony or window box full of flowers, butterflies and bees. Quantity of seeds and wildflower varieties are detailed below. Simply scatter on top of soil in a garden bed or planter. Scatter in spring or autumn and you will see sprouts in 4-6 weeks. For Mother’s Day and special occasion gifts, you can choose any combination of 3 seedball tins and add their beautiful printed gift box with a bed of raffia for just £2.
Bee Mix – a mix of five native wildflowers recommended by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust that bees will love! Contains Foxglove, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Wild Marjoram, Red Clover & Viper’s-Bugloss. 20 balls per tin, 30 seeds per ball
Butterfly Mix – a mix of five native wildflowers that are great for butterflies: Forget Me Not, Red Campion, Yarrow, Purple Loosestrife, and Musk Mallow. 20 balls per tin, 30 seeds per ball.
Bird Mix – this mix was created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and contains a mix of 6 native wildflowers that are perfect for attracting garden birds, whether they eat seeds or insects: Common poppy, Corn marigold, Greater knapweed, Sheep sorrel, Tufted vetch, Wild carrot. 20 balls per tin, 30 seeds per ball.
Urban Meadow Mix – A beautiful mix of native wildflowers that is perfect for pollinators, and also hardy to polluted urban areas. This colourful combination of annuals and perennials was developed in collaboration with River of Flowers – a fantastic organisation working to create and connect urban meadows across the globe. Cornflower Common Toadflax, Cowslip, Meadow cranesbill, Oxeye daisy, Red campion, Musk mallow. 20 balls per tin, 100 seeds per ball.
Shade Mix – A mix of British native wildflowers that are most likely to thrive in the shadier spots of your garden/balcony and still pollinator friendly. Bellflower, Forget-me-not, Meadow buttercup, Meadowsweet, Oxeye daisy, Ragged robin and Red campion. 20 balls per tin, 30 seeds per ball.
Salad Mix – A collection of scrumptious frilly salad – cut and watch it come back again! Greek Cress, Salad Rocket, Kale, Red Frills Mustard, Green Frills Mustard. 20 balls per tin, 30 seeds per ball.
Herb Mix – A collection of scrumptious cooking herbs – the perfect addition to a kitchen garden. Contains Basil, Chives, Sweet Marjoram, Dill, Parsley. 20 balls per tin, 100 seeds per ball.
Tea Mix – A collection of wildflower and herbal tea plants that taste great alone or as an infusion of flavours together. These make a perfect kitchen garden set together with the Herb & Salad Mix. Contains Anise, chamomile and mint seeds. Anise is good for asthma and a bronchitis cough, in addition to digestive complaints like bloating, stomach pain, and indigestion. Chamomile eases insomnia, boosts your immune system, banishes menstrual cramps, and more. And Mint can improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax you and boost your immune system. 20 balls per tin, 100 seeds per ball.