Pollinator Seed Balls Recipe
Pollinators-bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as other flying critters, play a crucial role to our food supply and ecological survival. This activity is a fun way to help our pollinator friends find a food source, as well as allow them to do their work of transferring pollen grains from one flower to another.
Two Cups Potting Soil
One-Cup Dry Clay (Powered Red Pottery Clay)
Cookie Sheet and wax paper for drying see balls
Pollinator Friendly Seeds
Mix soil and clay well. Add water slowly until you mix is shapeable. Roll into balls and insert seeds if large (like sunflowers), or create pocket and insert seeds, and then close. Roll into meatball form and place onto wax paper lined cookie sheet. Allow to dry for one to two days.
Drop seed balls onto patches of dirt where you want them to grow !
Check with your local garden store, many are delivering. Or you can order the supplies to make seed balls online:
Pollinator Seeds: Click Here
Learn more in the Plant For The Pollinators Video
Same Day, Different Light
The Coronavirus is throwing a real curveball into all of our daily routines. While this can feel very unnerving, it can also be looked at as an opportunity to invite new experiences into our day.
Generally I start my day by taking a long walk around my neighborhood. I feel a sense of accomplishment; get some exercise, meditate and calm my mind for the day ahead. My favorite part is when I round the corner and the lake greets me. On a sunny day the water shimmers as if someone had tossed a handful of glitter across the surface. The green foliage is rich and deep.
With more time to fill as a result of the Stay at Home order, I have had to dig a little deeper into staying active and engaged. One of the silver linings of this Pandemic, I have found, is that I am taking a lot more walks; my step count has nearly doubled my usual number. One of the surprises has been to discover that the same path that I walk nearly every morning, transforms in just a matter of hours.
In the early evening light, the water no longer shimmers, it reflects. The leaves become more translucent as the sun descends in the background. I find myself mesmerized by the various shades of green. The invading thoughts of the virus-the anguish over the lack of supplies for frontline health workers, the fear of getting the virus, where is it now, how many people are dead......disappears. Perhaps I should take a detour from my routines more often.
Have you discovered something new as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic? Please feel free to share in the comments below.