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The idea has its origins in the agriculture practiced by the legendary Masanobu Fukuoka and made popular by his book, ‘One Straw Revolution’. There he describes his ‘no cultivation’ farming. Apart from not ploughing, Fukuoka took to encasing his grain seeds in clay and broadcasting them freely. The seeds lie safely out of reach of birds and ants and dissolve out of the cast and germinate soon as it rains. Read the rest of this entry »

interview with Jim Bones


CURWOOD: All around us from small patches of erosion along roadsides to broad expanses of overused land, we know places where nothing much seems to grow. A few forlorn weeds, maybe, but most plants, like most people, like company. Seeding these bare spots can be expensive and frustrating as anyone who’s tried to start a lawn will tell you. But there is a little-known Japanese technique for habitat restoration that’s both cheap and easy. It’s called seedballing. Seed balls are small balls of clay encasing soil and seeds. They can be thrown just about anywhere, and when they are watered they give their seedlings a strong start. Folks are trying it now in northern New Mexico, including Native Americans and Federal agencies. Landscape photographer Jim Bones is promoting the seedballs, and as John Burnett reports, Mr. Bones is trying to prove that complex problems need not have complex solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

The most suitable clay to use is red terracotta clay, collected from a site free of weed seed. Often, digging deep will ensure that no unwanted seeds become part of the mix! The clay needs to be dried and ground finely to ensure a lump free mixture. Two bricks can serve as an effective grinder. Other clays, the blues and whites are not suitable for this process, as they contain minerals, which interfere with the growth of the seedlings. Read the rest of this entry »

by Michiyo from Japan

I think that more experiments are needed to get the answer, but there’s a good possibility that seedballs are good as the seed storage if the clayballs are made airtight, crack-free made with appropriate clay–which we don’t know what exactly. Read the rest of this entry »

by Michiyo from Japan

we used small portion of peat moss(泥碳苔), and as for clay, we purchased the kind
for roof tile(屋瓦).

The reason why this type of clayball to be considered better was that, it did not melt by the extraordinary heavy rain during the winter time of that year. Other ones by concrete mixer or by hands completely melted although some seed germinated in the springtime from the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

by Raju in India

Take good quality nicely cleaned, powdered clay soil. Clay is generally used in making earthen pots. This is rich in humus (Mixture of nitrogen fixing bacteria, eggs of earthworms and seeds of so many biodiversity. This alone having capacity to convert desert in to green.) Read the rest of this entry »

by Jim Bones from West Texas, US

*撒下種子、觀察、學習,最重要的是,just do it,不要想太多,讓自然向你揭露,從自然中學習。


*不幸的是,每個人都留給別人去保護荒野,而我們自己卻去將更多的土地犁田翻土。 Read the rest of this entry »