“How many seeds can a man plant in a lifetime?”....Nature can heal if released to its own wisdom. However in severely damaged landscapes, humans can play a healing role, simply by sowing seeds. And humans also need to stop invasive actions that use mined energy, ie. stop the mowing, weed-whacking, plowing, & stop adding chemicals to soil, air, & waters.
Tossing seed balls from our hands, or from the air to cover larger deforested areas, gives nature the diverse life materials to renovate habitats. We as humans with hands can gather seeds of multi-species plants and combine with clay, soil fungi, bacteria, and powdered herbs/weeds to create seed balls, or 'clay seed pellets'.
Include in the mix, seeds of clover, deep tap rooted plants, perennials, annuals and trees. There are still guerrilla gardeners in action tossing seed balls, and planting trees on public lands. Hopefully what sprouts will not be mowed down or sprayed over. In our bioregion there are still huge 'deserts' of clear cuts & plowed monoculture lands, that would benefit from human restoration actions. In lands where water still flows, try starting revegetation from the area around the stream banks and working outwards.
One tree creates life for many creatures, and cycles the water from deep below to those that breathe above.
I give thanks to Japanese Farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, who listened to nature while caring for his farm & used 'clay seed pellets”. His book, “One Straw Revolution” written in the late 70's is still an inspiration. His latest book written in 1996 in Japenese, has recently been published in English: “Sowing Seeds in the Desert” - edited by Larry Korn. Especially read page 92-99, and appendix B.
Are you inspired to co-create with nature? Begin observing nature and gathering a few seeds to share. Join with friends to create gardens and clay-seed-pellets! Come to our annual skillshare-barter fair and learn how to make seed balls (clay seed pellets).
“All people, all living beings, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other....to honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor the sacred is to make love possible.” - Starhawk
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings”- Masanobu Fukuoka