FAQ's


Questions About Our Native Wildflower Seed Balls?

What are clay seed bombs?

Clay seed bombs are dirt clods that are embedded with native wildflower seeds. Clay, compost and seeds are combined into pellets, balls or dirt clods. Sasquatch Turds are named for its uncanny resemblance to, well, you know... turds.

The clay absorbs moisture, the compost provides nutrients and the seeds already know what they need to do.

After that it is business as usual for the plants, you just get them on the ground and they'll grow.

Why clay seed bombs?

Seed bombs are essentially “self-planting”. Once you get them on the ground and the turds are exposed to rain and weather, they dissolve and bond with the subsurface, increasing the odds of germination.

When embedded in clay, the seeds are less appealing to rodents and birds.

Clay seed bombs work well for steep embankments that are difficult to access from below.

You will get a higher germination rate and farther broadcast distances than with loose seeds.

Seed bombs require less embodied energy than drill seeding or hydroseeding, both requiring road access or flat terrain. You can get into remote places with seed bombs.

How do you plant clay seed bombs?

Seed bombs are delivered to the earth by the most technologically advanced non-mechanized method of distribution available called "chucking". You open up the bag, grab a turd and chuck it.

chuck1 CHək/ informal verb gerund or present participle: chucking
1. throw (something) carelessly or casually. "someone chucked a brick through the window"
synonym: throw, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, cast, lob

Do I need to dig a hole for each seed ball?

No. If you are planting on coarse materiasl like mulch or pine needles, it can increase your chances of success to clear that out first. As it rains, turds will dissolve into the subsurface.

Do they actually work?

Yes. If you plant a garden, the key ingredients are seeds, nutrients, sun and water. Clay seed bombs have everything needed to thrive once you get them out there. Sasquatch Turds specializes in regional Native Wildflower Blends.

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How do you make clay seed bombs?

Time and time again, it has been proven difficult to get a wild Sasquatch to sh*t into a small paper bag, therefore we created our own method:

Sasquatch Turds Clay Seed Bombs are made through a sophisticated, scientifically engineered process of combining clay, compost and seeds, evenly mixed into a large batch. Once the proprietary formula has been validated, just enough water is added to make it all sick together into what the layman may call a “dirt clod”. To us it is so much more…

The mix is molded and measured to perfection, it is then rotated counterclockwise, twice, and cured for 237 minutes. All product is manufactured and packaged with classical music playing in the background to guarantee the happiness of the seeds. No Sasquatch are harmed in the process.

What kind of clay do you use?

Natural red clay and natural kaolin clay. No chemical hardeners, no coloring additives, no fertilizers, no extra ingredients. Just plain clay.

What compost do you use?

Currently we are using a high quality grow medium from a speicialty shop. As you may know, Colorado has a lot of options in this area.

After the current inventory has been sold, we have sourced a great compost product from the Denver Green Waste stream to close the loop. The goal is to source materials as close to home as possible in order to minimize the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process.

How many square feet does a 2 pound bag cover?

Not to be sarcastic, but it really depends on how close together you want your plants. A single 2 pound bag will densely plant about 200 square feet. If you break up the turds and spread them out, you can accent a much larger area. 1 case, (10-pack) will cover about 2,000 square feet.

How many square feet does a 2 pound bag cover?

Not to be sarcastic, but it really depends on how close together you want your plants. A single 2 pound bag will densely plant about 200 square feet. If you break up the turds and spread them out, you can accent a much larger area. 1 case, (10-pack) will cover about 2,000 square feet.

How many square feet does a 2 pound bag cover?

Not to be sarcastic, but it really depends on how close together you want your plants. A single 2 pound bag will densely plant about 200 square feet. If you break up the turds and spread them out, you can accent a much larger area. 1 case, (10-pack) will cover about 2,000 square feet.

How many seeds are in a package?

1 pound of raw wildflower seeds can contain 200,000 or 300,000 seeds. Each individual bag weighs 2 pounds and is the size of bag of a whole bean coffee bag. On average, each unit will contain about 10 grams of seed.

When is the best time to plant clay seed bombs?

For best success, we recommend planting in the late fall through the early spring. Many species need a period of cold to break the dormancy prior to germination. Planting in the snow is not detrimental.

Do I need to water the seed bombs?

No. Seed bombing is based on entropy. Regional native wildflower blends by definition are designed to succeed in their own native environment. Native wildflowers can be finicky and can remain dormant for years. Watering will absolutely help germination rates. Not watering them will ensure that only the strongest survive. It’s your choice.

How can I guarantee that they will grow?

It’s a seed. Seeds can remain dormant for years. If you have a landscaping project that absolutely needs a plant growing today, we would advise buying a plant from your local nursery.

From our experience, wild flowers and gardening is not for those seeking instant gratification. Some flowers may bloom vigorously the first year and then go dormant for several years until the conditions are just right again. Some flowers will root the first year and bloom the second year. When germinating from seeds, perennial, annual and biannual plants, may not start to pop until the second or third year. Be patient, nature doesn’t operate on our schedule.

How are your regional native wildflower blends different from other wildflower blends at the hardware store?

When you see a “Rocky Mountain Mix” or a “Western Mix”, whether at a big box store or a mom/pop shop, those are often generic mixes that are mass produced. Blends may contain seeds that the Department of Agriculture will consider to be noxious weeds or invasive species.

Sasquatch Turds has a Colorado Department of Agriculture Seed Labelers License and only buys seeds from local reputable wholesalers that regularly test their mixes for content and germination rates.

Why don’t you make “butterfly mixes” or “humming bird mixes”?

By default, any wildflower mix is going to be a “pollinator mix”. Often, single focus mixes tailored to specific pollinators will include many flower species that are not native to that region. Humming birds like red, therefore insert red flowers. By specializing in Native Wildflower Blends, we attract native pollinators by promoting native biodiversity.

What if I accidentally step on a turd?

If the seeds haven’t germinated yet, foot traffic can actually help break down the seed bomb and embed the turds into the under-laying soil. As long as seedings are not trampled, don’t worry about it.

Why Sasquatch Turds and not another brand of clay seed balls?

There are plenty of choices out there for purchasing various types of clay seed balls. Make an informed decision to support the business that resonates with you.

 

Purchasing from a source geographically close to you will help reduce the embodied energy of the end product, i.e. how much gasoline it takes to get the seed balls into your front yard.

Some companies will sell 6-12 truffle sized balls for $25, some companies sell 1 pound of material based on coverage of square feet and other companies promote NASA engineered soil samples. There are seed balls that are manufactured in bulk by a machine and there are seed balls are hand-rolled on the kitchen table by your local group of “XYZ”. Whether it's a hobby on the side or a full time business, we are all selling wildflower seeds to promote pollinators.

Sasquatch Turds is based in Conifer, Colorado. Our goal is sustainable land reclamation and to create abundant native biodiversity to attract native pollinators. We believe that we offer the best overall value factoring in price, pounds of material and quality native wildflower seeds.

At the end of the day, there is a lot of ground to cover, so let's get started.