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How-to make seed bombs

Breanna Sanford, 9, of Cedar Rapids, and Quinton Stratford, 6, of Cedar Rapids, make #x201c;seed bombs#x201d; with milkw
Breanna Sanford, 9, of Cedar Rapids, and Quinton Stratford, 6, of Cedar Rapids, make “seed bombs” with milkweed seeds, dirt and clay at the Monarchs and Milkweed Seed Bombs event at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The event was put on to educate families about monarch habitats; monarch caterpillars eat milkweed exclusively, and monarch butterflies use the plants to lay their eggs. (KC McGinnis/The Gazette)

Monday-Friday during curbside pickup hours, while supplies last. Please call 319.261.READ for more information.

If you don’t want to pick up a craft kit, you can make your own seed bomb using:

• Compost

• Powdered clay, which you can buy at a craft store

• A packet of seeds, make sure you pick one that grows flowers good for butterflies

• A place to dry the seeds, like a box or a bunch of newspaper

How to make a seed bomb

1. Lay down some old newspaper or use a space that you don’t mind getting messy. Empty out the contents of your Ziploc bag. In there, you’ll find air dry clay, compost and seeds. If your clay has gone a little hard, just add a very small amount of water.

2. Mix together the soil, clay and seeds until everything looks to be the same color.

3. Roll into balls (3-4). Leave the balls to dry for two to three days then plant in a spot an adult has given permission. These seed bombs have flowers in them but if you have seeds at home you can also plant things like lettuce, arugula and spinach.

For more fun summer activities, join the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Summer DARE program.

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