LIVING, URBAN Living | May 1, 2010

Guerilla Gardening Goes Mainstream in stores and with vending machines

seed bombs available on the market

You could make your home made version of seed bombs, but if you are like me, you probably have no time left to do that. When I heard that Anthropologie sells seed bombs, I was pleased that at last one retailer makes it easy for every citizen to embellish their town.

DIY options

guerilla gardening guides :: make your own seed bombs

A seed bomb is basically a mixture of clay, compost, and seeds. For the do it yourself, check this video where Richard Reynolds shows how to make them at home your own seed bombs or check the tutorial on Instructables. Richard Reynolds wrote the book On Guerilla Gardening in 2008.

Vending Machine for Seed Bombs

greenaid vending machines :: repurposed candy selling machines filled with seed bombs

Then, it is funny that while I am visiting a country full of vending machines (Japan), I spotted a neat way to repurpose the old-fashioned candy selling machines. Designers Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud of Common Studio imagined Greenaid as a way to educate the public and to make it easy for all of us to participate in the guerilla gardening movement. Greenaid sells these candy selling machines and the seedbombs. They will work with you to supply seeds that are suitable to your climate.

Their hope is that we will have access to the Greenaid vending machines at our local shops, at parks, at schools or other urban places. What a fun way to finance an urban garden or to raise money for a cause. I hope that Greenaid will be successful. Watch this report done by ABC where we met the designers and hear the reactions of citizens that use their machines.

SOURCING:
+ Greenaid by Common Studio
+ Seed Bombs $6 USD / $8 CAD at Anthropologie
+ On Guerilla Gardening by Richard Reynolds $17.15 USD at Amazon.com - affiliate link
+ photo (diy tutorial recipe): Lush
+ via Springwise

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4 Responses to “Guerilla Gardening Goes Mainstream in stores and with vending machines”

  1. I love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing this Kim!

  2. Excellent! What a cool idea.

  3. Wow!!! So cool. Thanks very much for sharing this. Very impressive design and packaging!

  4. Guerilla Gardening http://bit.ly/c3wTIH

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  5. What a interesting idea… Very entrepreneurial. haha! It’s time to green up the environment!