Vintage seed bombing
June 12, 2010 8:53 AM Subscribe
Seed-bombing filter: Are latex balloons OK to throw into vacant lots?
posted by puckish to Grab Bag (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Brainstorming for awesome kid launching projects, I came across this instruction manual
by Green Guerillas for making seed bombs
which calls for using balloons or old Christmas ornaments. More recent instructions I've found have called for using a mixture of clay and fertilizer to hold it together, with no container at all.
This seems awesome, mostly because they are clearly meant to EXPLODE! as opposed to quietly dissolving in the rain (as clay does). The jury seems to be out on whether latex balloons are biodegradable (they supposedly degrade at the same rate as oak leaves, which I think take a long time to degrade). 1) Anyone have more concrete information on this? 2) What else could you put the fertilizer mixture in that would be as awesome as launching Christmas ornaments into vacant lots?
*Note: This is mostly hypothetical -- I'm newly excited about maximizing destructive impulse while minimizing actual destructiveness. We'll probably still go with clay in the long run.