The 'Croft Hill Crew' have kindly provided this short story
about spreading a little sunshine - in more ways than one.
Early this year I was visiting a friend in hospital and
was reading one of her gardening magazines. I came across an
article on Seed Bombing! - a friendly enjoyable and cheap way of
spreading a little sunshine into other members of the communities
hearts in a subtle and fun way. As an avid gardener myself, I
thought this could be a project I could support my good friend
Gareth to have a go at. Gareth loves going out for a push in his
chair. He is well known within and around his local community and
is missed if he has a break from his usual routes.
Seed Bombing involves mixing wild flower seeds with
compost and a little clay (stickability!!!) then getting out there
and lobbing them in sorrowful patches of bare ground in the hope
the seeds germinate and flower come the summer time. Gareth and I
caught a bus to Skipton where we bought wild seed mixes from the
pound shop. We asked a local potter if she could spare us a little
clay - we then mixed the seed bombs - a lovely sensory experience.
Gareth wasn't too impressed with this part! We made over a hundred,
left them in my greenhouse for a few days to dry and
Another of Gareth's personal assistants, Corinne, then
joined us on a push out around the village armed with two bags of
seed bombs. On setting off Gareth threw the first bomb into an area
just close to his home then we headed to the Beck Side walk he
loves, so we could spread the joy of flowers down there
The wait........ Had it been too cold?, had the birds
devoured the seeds? Had the local council sprayed them with
weedkiller? Well...... On my way up to Gareth's home a couple
of days ago I spied small specks of red on the land by his house!!!
I got off my bike and went for a look and lo and behold........
Poppies!!!!!! :-) Gareth and I set off not long after in search of
more but as of yet no others have been spotted!!!! On our way home
irony set in as we saw the housing gardeners about to cut the grass
on the land - but with a few kind words, a smile, an Ooooo from
Gareth we persuaded them to go round the poppies!!!! Hopefully the
others will set seed but fail not we'll be out in the autumn armed
with daffodils and a bulb planting tool!!!!
Seed Bomb Anarchists R us!!!!!
We would sincerely like to,thank Darren and James from
Yorkshire Housing for helping us do our bit for our community, the
bees and other wildlife... We just stopped the mowers in
Jim, Gareth & Corrine
The Croft Hill Crew