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How to make a seedball

Without bees many of our favourite foods would disappear! But these amazing little creatures are disappearing in the UK. One reason for this is the loss of wildflower meadows, meaning there is less for bees to eat. You can help feed bees and other pollinators on your patch by planting wildflower seedballs. It’s easy to do and anyone can get involved.

Get creative with nature by making wildflower seedballs to grow on your patch and help to save the bees! Packed with seeds and ready to plant, this activity is perfect for any Backyard Nature Guardian.

Make sure the seeds you use are native to the UK and bee friendly. For a full list of bee friendly plants, check out this handy guide produced by RHS.

Stuff you'll need:

  • Wastepaper – old newspapers, tissue paper and recycled paper work well. Don’t use shiny paper (like the pizza menus you get through your door)
  • Seeds
  • Chilli powder (to discourage slugs) and cinnamon (to stop harmful microbes)
  • Water
  • A bowl for mixing

How to use your seedballs


  • Throw onto a patch of soil or plant in a pot.
  • Water during dry periods.


  • Throw into overgrown areas.
  • Throw in the countryside.

Don’t forget to let us know how you get on – take pictures of your seedballs and your patch and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tag @BackyardNatUK and use #BackyardNature.