Many of you might be wondering now that you have these strange clay vegetables, what is the best way to ‘return’ them? I’m hoping to answer some questions you may have, and share with you some options.
First of all, I want to give you an idea of what kinds of seeds you might find inside of your vegetable. (see process info in earlier posts for pictures of how they got IN there) You will likely find a mix of five to ten (sometimes more in larger forms) different heirloom varietals from the following list:
Ashworth Sweet Corn
Blue Hubbard Squash
Blue Lake Pole Green Bean
Chioggia Guardsmark Improved Beets
Detroit Red Dark Beet
Early Fortune Cucumber
Early Summer Crookneck Squash
Light Red Kidney Bean
Long Island Improved Cheese Pumpkin
Oaxacan Green Dent Corn
Provider Bush Green Beans
Purple Savoy Cabbage
Purple Top White Globe Turnip
Red Russian Kale
Royalty Purple Bean
Sugar Snap Pea
Sugar Daddy Snap Pea
Table Queen Acorn Squash
Waltham Butternut Squash
Before I set about filling them, I would start a little pile for each one to ensure it had a good selection in each form. Those little seed piles often looked like this:
Each form is pretty diverse, so part of the fun comes with identifying what sort of vegetables you have once they sprout forth!
If you have a space in mind that you can keep an eye on, like in a window box or plant pot, you can simply place your clay veggie on top of the soil and water it. The moist soil will likely break down the bottom of it first and the clay will get soggy and reveal the soil and likely some of the seeds inside. During earlier germination stages, spritzing it with water and keeping it in a simulated greenhouse environment can really help.
For this ^^ one, i started it in a plastic to go container I found in the garbage.. it was almost like a ‘mini greenhouse to go’ with it’s clear plastic domed lid. It took about three days to see the first sprouts emerge.
In some cases, with larger forms, the clay outer shell will protect the developing seeds underneath, and you can lift it to check on them and spritz with water in the early stages of development.
As it continues to grow, you can add additional soil, or transplant it to a larger pot or garden as you see fit
Here is another seed bomb grown inside along a sunny window, and transplanted later into a bigger pot
After the plants emerge, depending on the size and thickness of each clay shell, the remains can be broken apart and mixed in with the soil, if they haven’t already dissolved.
OR, if you prefer to toss your seed bomb in the backyard on a patch of ground along the side of your driveway, and let the rains break it down, or simply break it apart on the ground to have more control of what’s inside, these are also options. It won’t take much force to break them apart. Some forms are more delicate than others, as many of us learned at the opening of the show!
So if you ended up with a vegetable pod and are still confused as to what to do with it, feel free to email me, I’d love to talk about it and answer any questions you might have. I understand too that it is possible you might have a hard time letting go of this organic object you have acquired from me. Just remember, the true potential lies inside of the form. If you need to live with it on your shelf for a month before you decide what to do with it, the seeds and soil will be waiting.. but keep your growing season in mind, and remember, it’s only clay, it came from the ground, and it is meant to go back!
Happy seed bombing!