Dig It! Seedballs (22 January 2018)
Winter evenings for me are perfect curled up in front of the fire with a stack of seed catalogues and my photos of the garden from last year. It’s the time to plan what to change or add or even take out and start again. One of my planned areas for this year is the nectar bar next to my veggie patch. I showed it with wildflower seeds a few years ago and it wasn’t a huge success, with low germination rates and is now full of fennel. The point of a nectar bar is to encourage pollinating insects into the garden, close to the vegetable patch, where they can then do their work pollinating all kinds of fruit and veggies for me. I’m reluctant to try sowing wildflower seeds again from a box, so I was very pleased to learn that Seedballs are coming to Switzerland! They are little clay, seed and chilli powder balls, that you sow on the surface of the soil and then just leave them to germinate. The Balls protect the seeds from being eaten by birds and the chilli powder protects them from slugs and ants. I spoke to Harriet of myseedball.ch who are bringing Seedballs to Switzerland about how best to use them in your garden.