Seed Bombs by VisuaLingual

seed bombs by VisuaLingual

Practice random acts of gardening with our new seed bombs! We made them using a mix of wildflowers native to the Midwest. Five seed bombs are packed into each screenprinted muslin bag. These are available at Outside, 16 East 12th St. in OTR.

Here are the raw materials we used to make the seed bombs. On the right is the wildflower seed mixture, which includes Queen Anne’s Lace, Pot Marigold, Cornflower, Godetia, Farewell-to-Spring, Plains Coreopsis, Sulphur Cosmos, Wild Cosmos, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Wild Larkspur, California Poppy, Indian Blanket, Globe Gilia, Baby’s Breath, Wild Annual Sunflower, Rose Mallow, Baby Snapdragon, Scarlet Flax, Annual Lupine, Four O’Clock, Baby Blue Eyes, Red Poppy, and None-so-Pretty:

seed bomb materials before assembly

The seed bombs dried for a couple of days before we packed them into their little pouches:

seed bombs by VisuaLingual

We love making things that people hang on their walls, but we also believe in making tools for better living. Like the “While You Were Out” sign you can use to communicate with shop owners, these seed bombs are something to use to make your microcosm a better place to live.

We’re so excited that Outside is now carrying our work, joining the ranks of other fine area shops that support our efforts: Contemporary Arts Center gift shop downtown, MiCA 12/v and Park+Vine in Over-the-Rhine, MiCA in O’Bryonville, and NVISION in Northside. If you’re not in the Cincinnati area, check out our online shop!


35 thoughts on “Seed Bombs by VisuaLingual

  1. Nice work Maya… I posted the seed bombs today at
    I wanted to say that the bags would be really great to save seeds in for next year. My mom and I always saved the spent heads on end-of-summer marigolds to plant the following year. I love the picture of the seed bombs drying… they’re like little truffles for the Earth.

  2. Thanks so much, Corbett. It was really important for us to create beautiful packaging that people would want to keep and reuse. As designers, we like pretty things but, more than that, we love the challenge of making a keepsake, not just another throw-away piece of ephemera. Well, the seed bombs themselves are a kind of throw-away, but we encourage that!

  3. So… Harper’s Magazine is among the linkers to this page! I’m flattered and welcome all its clever readers to this humble corner of ye old Internets. If anyone can explain that column to me, or the presence of this link within it, I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe I’m just not intelligent enough to get it.

    As far as I can tell, its format is reminiscent of Suck if any old-timers remember that early, addictive site that doled out daily snark like it was candy, its many links serving to alternately explain a reference and serve as a punchline. A quick look at its archive revealed a column from 27 Apr 01 entitled Trouble, Right Here in River City, which is about the riots in Cincinnati. So, there you go. I think I’ll save a response to this for another time, but it’s nonetheless an interesting read.

  4. I’ve been doing this with packs of cheapie wildflower seeds form the dollar store, but these look much more efficient!

    What sort of places do you plant them? I try to find gaps of earth at the edges of parking lots and the like.

  5. Kendra, the great thing about seed bombs, as opposed to throwing out just seeds, is that you’re sending the seeds out into the world with a bit of nutrients.

    As for where they end up, we hope that anyone who purchases our seed bombs put them wherever they’re needed. 😉

  6. hi -i just wanted to tell you that these are awesome!!! i’m just wondering how to use them, and where exactly they’re native to?

  7. Thanks for your interest! To use them, you just throw them wherever you’d like to see more wildflowers! Rain will disintegrate the balls, and the worm castings will fertilize the soil while the seeds germinate. The wildflower mix is pretty much native to zones 5-10, which is the continental US minus its extremities [more or less the far north and south]. So, they can be used outside the Midwest.

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  12. hello,

    we are a french architectural rewiew and we are interested by getting high resolution picture of seedbombs you produce (minimum 300 dpi) in order to publish it in our rewiew. Could you help us?

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  21. We’re a local Venice, California, beverage company called Mellow Water. We love the seed bombs and posted info about them on our facebook page! A fan of ours then asked if the seeds are genetically modified? Can you please advise? Thanks!

  22. Hi! We are a small Montessori school interested in starting a school store with unique and environmentally friendly items. Do you guys wholesale?

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