We need you to send milkweed seeds to Monarch Watch so we have plants for next Spring but seed balls are fun too! So, when you gather up your seeds, save a handful and make some seed balls that you can throw around — in approved places of course!
Note – Wherever you live in the country – Your seeds are needed! The plants will be grown out and used in habitat restoration projects and waystations in your locale
Send seeds to: Monarch Watch, University of Kansas, 2021 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047
Here’s all the information you need for seed balls:
Environmentalists Adopt New Weapon: Seed Balls
When you click on the link above, you can also click on “listen to the story” – it’s great!
Also – some special tips from Ina Warren from her experience with seed balls:
Some people add perennial seeds in the mix and make big ‘bombs’ – but forget that when the rains come and break the balls down naturally, that they are then in very close proximity – far closer than we’d ever plant in the garden.
I propose to my groups that the balls be about the size of a large marble, have just 2 or 3 mw seeds and then increase the number thrown, tossed or sling-shotted (is that a word?) into an area. The slingshot would be worth its weight in gold for steep banks where mowers cannot reach or with incarnata, into ditch drainages where it’s too steep or sloggy to muck around in.