A seed bomb is a ball made up of a combination of clay, earth, seeds and water. The clay earth mixture protects the delicate seeds from seed eaters, harsh weather events and promotes favourable conditions for germination. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐦𝐢𝐱𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬. 𝐒𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬. 𝐀𝐥𝐬𝐨, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐨𝐚𝐤𝐬 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬, 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. Making seed bombs is a fun and exciting way of planting.
Air dry clay
Place five handfuls of potting soil to three handfuls of air-dry clay into a bowl
Gradually add water and mix using hands until a sticky consistency is achieved
Add a handful of seeds and mix well
Roll mixture into small balls and leave out to dry in the sunshine
Scatter on the ground and watch them germinate and grow
Germination should occur within 14 – 28 days depending on weather conditions.
Click on the link to watch the video on how to make seed bombs.
Recent visitors to the Museum may have noticed real people in the Victorian period room displays supplementing the usual mannequins. A number of visitors got quite a fright! Inandi Maree from the Exhibitions Department and Dr Ghilraen Laue, Curator in the Human Sciences Department, have been refreshing the displays in these period rooms. There are multiple challenges to updating the exhibits in these rooms. In the Apothecary Shop, for example, there are original medicine bottles, many of which are over 100 years old. Some of these bottles still have their original contents, including arsenic and other poisons! For safety, face masks are worn while in this room when bottles and cabinets are opened. In the coming weeks similar work will be done in the Blacksmith and Wainwright displays.
The latest volume of SA Humanities interdisciplinary journal, produced by the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, is now available online. Access to the online and printed editions is via subscription or the electronic version can be accessed through one of several global repositories. These repositories are SABINET, EBSCO and PROQUEST.
Volume 32 includes nine peer-reviewed papers covering diverse topics including Mapungubwe, KwaZulu-Natal Iron Age burials, Thomas Baines, a Later Stone Age site in Lesotho, Paul-Lenert Breutz, Wilton scrapers, exhibiting apartheid, lions in San beliefs, and ethnoarchaeological fieldwork in Zimbabwe.
The printed version of the journal will be available at the end of the first quarter of 2020. Southern African Humanities is rated as being in the top quartile of global archaeology journals by Scimago and is the highest-ranked archaeology journal produced in southern Africa.