Native, wildflower seedballs, handmade in Dorset
You can help bring the bees back!
97% of natural bee and butterfly habitat has been lost in the UK since WW2. 97%. Ninety seven percent. It’s frightening and critical.
With your help, we can start to restore the lost wildflower habitat and make an important contribution to the biodiversity of Great Britain.
Hand made in Dorset, Beebombs are a mix of 18 British wildflower seeds, fine, sifted soil and locally sourced clay. Our seeds are native species and designated by the Royal Horticultural Society as “Perfect for Pollinators”
Beebombs just need to be scattered onto cleared ground to create a wildflower meadow that will #bringthebeesback
What and why are Beebombs?
97% of native British Wildflower habitat has been lost since World War 2.
Wildflower habitats are where bees and butterflies make their lives. This is serious for Britain. Serious for you and serious for your children. Biodiversity is crucial for many reasons and wildflowers are crucial to biodiversity.
With Beebombs you can re-create these lost habitats and to help bring back the bees.
We handmake our seedballs from sheltering local clay and sifted compost, packed with a range of native wildflower species’ seeds.
Almost all our seeds are on the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ list and we are constantly improving the recipe to ensure you get an aesthetically beautiful and a wildlife enticing garden from your use Beebombs.
Beebombs need no gardening skill and can be scattered straight onto open ground at any time of the year.
Once scattered, Beebombs just need lots of water, sun and time. Wildflowers are hardy and adaptable but slow growers. This means that they can be out-competed by faster growing grasses and perennial weeds at the critical early stages, so straight onto soil is best if possible.
The soil will help your Beebombs germinate and the clay will protect them as they dissipate.
Lots of sun and rain is of course important, as is time.
Wildflowers are a little slower growers than many imported plants and flowers. Some will flower in the first year but most will not come out until the 2nd year.
Your patience will be rewarded with a beautiful wildflower meadow, attracting a range of native British pollinators and helping us #bringthebeesback
What are Beebombs?
Seedballs or seedbombs have been used for thousands of years as a natural farming technique and were ‘re-discovered’ by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese government plant scientist who is the forefather of modern natural farming techniques and was an inspirational writer and philosopher on the subject of natural farming.
We use the Fukuoka method for making our Beebombs which is universally accepted as the most effective and ethical process.
What is in Beebombs?
Beebombs are handmade in Dorset. Each pack of Beebombs contains hundreds of seeds and 18 species of wildflowers. The seeds are mixed with clay powder and locally sourced, unfortified soil. The clay supports and protects the seeds whilst they germinate and spreads them as it breaks down under watering.
Seedballs are an ancient method of farming that is less destructive to the wildlife buried in your garden, less labour intensive and increases germination rates. Used throughout the world for hundreds of years, we are now using this ingenious method to help #bringthebeesback
How to Beebomb
Beebombs are designed to ensure creating a diverse and thriving wildflower meadow, could not be easier.
Dorset Wildflower Bee Bombs need no gardening skill, no tilling or sowing in the traditional sense. Just throw your Bee Bombs onto cleared soil and await the blossom of colour and return of native bee and butterfly species.
I tend to say ‘cleared soil’ as wildflowers are slow growers compared to grasses and perennial weeds. This means that they can be out-competed at the critical early stages.
In terms of coverage, one pack of Beebombs, covers 21 square foot or 2 square metres.
Bee Bombs can be scattered throughout the year, the clay protects them until they are ready to germinate. There are diverse opinions on this around the world and many say spring and autumn are particularly good times to start them growing. From experience, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference in the long run, although I am still testing.
Around 20% will start flowering in the first year. Biennials and Perennials in the mix will start blossoming in the 2nd year.
Our Seed List
Yarrow is a common flower of roadsides, hedgerows, grasslands, and scrubby areas where the soil is inclined to being dry and chalky. It is one the perennials in our mix, flowering from June to September.
Common Knapweed is a really tough wildflower that can grow in a range of soils. It is a real favourite of our pollinating insect friends and looks beautiful too. It is one of our perennials and usually flowers from July to September.
Wild Carrot offers a flat, white blossom with a red spot in the centre. The white root smells like carrot and has a range of medicinal uses! It will flower in its second year from June to August.
Lady’s bedstraw was historically widespread through Great Britain and is a very important pollinator. Its beautiful yellow flowers provide a scent of honey to our countryside from June to September. Lady’s Bedstraw is one the annuals from our mix and will help #bringthebeesback
Rough Hawkbit is on the Royal Horticultural Society’s list as ‘Perfect for Pollinators’. It is one of the perennials from our mix. Flowering from June, right through to early autumn, Rough Hawkbit will help bring #bringthebeesback
Oxeye Daisy is a beautiful and recognisable pollinator and is one of our perennials. One for the children and one for the bees it flowers from June to September. Oxeye Daisy will certainly help to #bringthebeesback
Ribwort Plantain can be found all over Britain’s grasslands and is well adapted to all soils. It is one of our perennials and flowers from April to October. Ribwort Plantain is a great pollinator’s friend and will help #bringthebeesback
Cowslip provides a beautiful drooping yellow flower and is a big friend of a range of wildlife. It usually flowers from April to May and is a perennial. Cowslip is on the Royal Horticultural Society’s list of perfect for pollinators and will help #bringthebeesback
Selfheal is a common herb in Britain and has a long use of historical, medicinal uses. Selfheal is on the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ list. It is one of our perennials and usually flowers from June to August.
Corn Marigold is native to the UK since at least the Iron age and provides a wonderful flash of bright yellow to your wildflower meadow. It is one of the annuals in our mix and will flower from June to October. Corn Marigold is perfect for pollinators.
Yellow Rattle is a bee and butterfly friendly British Wildflower that is on the Royal Horticultural Society’s list as ‘Perfect for Pollinators’. It is one of the annuals from our mix. Yellow Rattle will be flowering from May to August so it’s a big help to #bringthebeesback
Common Sorrel is not specifically included as a bee attractor but adds to a good wildflower meadow. It attracts butterflies! This flower usually comes in the second year as it is a perennial and flowers from May to June.
Salad Burnet is a great friend of the butterfly and the bee. It can also help in the kitchen bring many a dish to life as a locally sourced herb flavouring. Salad Burnet is one of the perennials in our mix and usually flowers from May to September.
White Campion is a fantastic addition to any wildflower meadow. It’s delicate flowers provide food for lots of pollinators! It will flower in its second year from May to September. White Campion can be found our Beebomb mix and will help #bringthebeesback.
Red Campion’s brilliant pink flowers are beautiful and great for pollinators. Red Campion is one of our annuals and has a long flowering period usually from April to August! It can grow in semi-shade and will certainly help us #bringthebeesback
The Common Poppy is a beautiful and iconic flower. Native to these shores and invaluable to bees, butterflies and a range of other pollinators, it will provide a beautiful look to your wildflower garden. The Poppy is an annual and flowers from June to September.
The Cornflower is a beautiful but endangered member of the Beebomb mix. It’s certainly Perfect for Pollinators and will add it’s deep blue beauty to your wildflower patch. The Cornflower is one of our annuals and flower from May to October.
The Corn Chamomile is part of the daisy and dandelion family and is very much Perfect for Pollinators. The flower is distinctly and agreeably aromatic, smelling clearly of apples. It is one of our perennials and flowers from June to August.