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Seed Bombs

Now is the time to start preparing your seed bombs. Take 2 parts of compost and 1 part of clay and your chosen seeds. I would choose a mix of water wise, colourful shrubs and ground covers to brighten up ugly areas that you often drive past. Mix in some water and and form into bombs. Dry slowly, out of the sun and start planning your bombing sites. I would wait until after the first rains before distributing them. Enjoy the fruit of your labour when they germinate and ultimately when they flower. They will be a joy to birds, bees and fellow travellers.
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Planting Clivia seed

It's August so the Clivia seed is red, or yellow if you have yellow flowering plants, and is ripe and ready to be planted. Scrape off the fleshy outer covering, which is apparently very good for your nails and cuticles. Place the seed on top of the soil in a seed tray and cover with leaf mold or chunky compost. Water and wait. don't be surprised when the root comes out first and goes up in the air before bending down into the soil. This root seems to drag the seed down and the leaves will soon unfold.
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Planting seeds

The best time of the year to plant seed is in spring. The soil and the air are warm and this stimulates growth. Fill a container with a mix of soil and compost and place the seeds on top of the soil, leaving space between the seeds. Cover them with a tin layer of soil and water well. Keep in a shady place to ensure that they don't dry out. One can cover them with Glad wrap to ensure that they don't dry out but be sure to lift it and allow air in, every couple of days. Some seeds germinate very quickly but others can take months so this is an exercise in patience.
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Planting seed - scarifying

Some hard seed takes forever to germinate. If you go back to nature you would find that animals would stand on the seed and this we can emulate by scarifying. Some growers use a file and scrape each individual seed, but I find it much quicker to just put them on a concete or paved surface and brush my shoe up and down over them.

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Planting seed - bite test

Try the "bite test" to speed up the germination of hard seed. If the seed is hard when you pretend to bite on it, soak them in water over night before planting. Some growers use boiling water to soak their seed but I  prefer to keep things as close to nature as possibel and I've never experienced boiling hot rain.

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