Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chilli powder, and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.
The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate - helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
Seed balls will work well in most environments (as long as the seed is well suited to the local climate and soil conditions) and they'll work as well in planting pots as in garden beds. Our special wildflower seed ball recipe has been developed specifically with the UK in mind (and rest of north western Europe), and all seed used is naturally distributed within this region.
Our Seedball range also includes mixed species varieties - by mixing species with slightly different soil and light preferences, we've maximised the chance that at least one species will thrive, where-ever they're scattered. Don't miss the Edibles Range, which includes Salad Mix, Herb Mix and Tea Mix. Tasty!
Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
A perennial with clusters of yellow/orange pea like leaves.
Flowers: May to October
Geeklet: Lotus corniculatus is such a sunny little thing, why not try it mixed into your summer baskets and patio pots?
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with pink and purple flowers on spikes.
Flowers: June to September
Toxicity: Poisonous if eaten
Geeklet: Foxgloves are a really good ‘bridging plant’ as they bloom late May-June, a period when the bulbs have finished and the summer perennials are yet to be at their best!
Red clover (Trifolium pretense)
Perennial with trefoil leaves and pinky red flowers. Good weed suppressor.
Flowers: May to September
Geeklet: The trifolium can help to break up heavy soil over time, plus it adds nitrogen to the soil, meaning healthy plants all round!
Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)
A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with incredibly blue flowers emerging from pink buds.
Flowers: June to September
Geeklet: If you’re looking to do something a little different with your echium, why not try growing a low blue hedge with it, or scatter it amongst paving slabs to soften the landscape and add a punch of colour.
Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
Aromatic perennial with dark purple buds and pinkish purple flowers.
Flowers: April to November
Geeklet: The Wild Marjoram is not only a wildflower, but can also double up as a pretty damn tasty pizza topping, along with your very best sweet tomatoes!
A national wildlife charity committed to conserving amphibians and reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend. ARC's vision sees amphibians and reptiles thriving in their natural habitats, and a society inspired and committed to their conservation.Visit the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust Website
Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) is a charitable organisation that aims to promote the conservation of our native amphibian and reptiles and their environment by supporting a network of independent volunteer Amphibian and Reptile Groups (ARGs). There are over 45 county-based groups based in England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Isles and we also link with the Herpetological Society of Ireland.Visit the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Website
Badger Trust brings together individuals and groups from across the UK to promote the study, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and natural habitats. Together, we seek to encourage tolerance and appreciation of badgers by offering information, advice and guidance to all.Visit the Badger Trust Website
Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates.Visit the Buglife Website
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a UK based charity that was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years bumblebee populations have crashed and two species have become extinct in the UK. Since its launch in 2006, BBCT has developed a strong track record of habitat delivery, awareness raising and public engagement. Furthermore the Trusts’ BeeWalk scheme is the UK’s only abundance-recording scheme for bees.Visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Website
Freshwater Habitats Trust’s aim is to protect freshwater life for everyone to enjoy. They deliver their conservation aims through their expert staff and their conservation, community, research and policy work.Visit the Freshwater Habitats Trust Website
The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) is one of the world's leading otter charities. In the UK IOSF is the only charity solely dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters based on over 20 years of scientific research in the UK and around the world. Through education, research, influencing policy and partner working the IOSF is making progress but there is still much to be done here in the UK and other countries where otters are at risk.Visit the International Otter Survival Foundation Website
Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre is based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and relies on public donations to fund it's wildlife care and rehabilitation work.Visit the Vale Wildlife Hospital Website
The Senior Staffy Club rescues and rehomes Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffy Cross dogs 7yrs plus.Visit the Senior Staffy Club Website
The UK Wild Otter Trust was formed in 2012 and our core aims are to promote responsible Otter watching - Promote the educational requirements regarding the conservation of all Otter species and to assist with the successful rehabilitation of Otters when and where necessary. We are very well placed to be able to monitor the current changes of how Otters are perceived by Anglers and public alike and we are keen to take education of this species into Schools to benefit the younger generation. We are currently midway with a study of a local river that was made famous by Tarka The Otter and are gathering survey information that can be used to compare the Otter populations growth in this area.Visit the UK Wild Otter Trust Website