'I am tremendously grateful for the opportunities that I have been given on my journey down the winding path of my life and will be eternally mystified by the plant kingdom and the natural world and my place in it' JOSIE JEFFERY
FROM A SEED IDEA TO SEEDFREEDOM
MY FIRST BIOG (THE BUDGET BIOG!)
HOW I GOT STARTED
I have been studying art horticulture and garden design over the past 12 years as well as having three sons and generally being a very creative person...
As part of my fda garden design course i had to get work experience which lead me to having one of the most influential jobs to date, at architectural plants in Horesham West Sussex.
I was asked if i had an interest in propagation and if i wanted to try working in the micro propagation lab...taking very small cuttings from various plants woody and herbaceous and growing these cuttings in to new plants.
One blustery cold winters day i was at work micro propagating banana plants when i heard a word on the radio 'seed bombs' ...what are they? I thought...i caught the tail end of the story but wanted to know more...so when i got home i did a bit of investigating... Seed bombs are a form of seed dispersal in a kind of package made with a mixture of growing medium as a carrier, there were a few different recipes i came across: compost clay coffee and seeds, paper bags filled with compost, even filled Christmas baubles!
Seedbombs are just one of the many forms of cultivation that guerrilla gardeners use. (see guerrilla gardening in menu bar)
ever think that things are 'meant to be' ?.....
A good few months after hearing about seed bombs on the the radio ...i was volunteering for janine nelson at the museum of garden history helping with childrens gardening workshops
...i'm not really sure how it happened through chats or fate....? Janine asked me to help with a seed bomb workshop with some local kids of lambeth.
I had such a nice time, making seed bombs with the kids.
Janine had given me some of the left over ingredients and i went home and made some with my own children straight away!
I have janine to thank for inspiring me.
From then on in i have been doing workshops at festivals and fetes and various projects, some people 'get it' which is brilliant and exciting .......and some people aren't bothered and walk by which is fine too.....it's brilliant when people want to join in and get making!
People often ask me what happens once the seedbomb has been thrown?
Seedbombs have two different outcomes which is weather dependent the seedbomb will either keep its form and the seeds germinate and sprout from the ball and work their way out of it in time but if it rains allot the seedbomb dissolves and the seeds will lay on the bare earth until they germinate either on the surface of the ground or get trampled into the ground by animal foot traffic or heavy rain.
The latter is preferable but either way the seedbomb has been an efficient carrier for the seeds because if you were to just throw a handfull of seeds they are so light the wind might take them away!