Greening Abandoned Urban Spaces: Seed Bombs From Greenaid


For any urbanite, ample green space is a necessity. No matter how good your city is about making sure that parks, trees and community gardens abound, there’s always another corner plot or alleyway that could use some greenery. Sometimes you’ve got to take matters into your own hands. Enter seed bombs.

Seed bombs have been a part of the guerilla gardening movement for quite some time now, enabling seeds to grow in hard to reach places. In fact Cool Hunting has even called them the “Molotov cocktails of gardening.” The idea is simple: ball up a mixture of clay, dirt and seeds and toss it into a space greatly in need of being a bit greener.

But not everyone has time to concoct seed bombs at home, which is why Los Angeles-based Commonstudio has the answer: seed bomb vending machines. Under an initiative called Greenaid, around 20 vintage gumball machines have been places around the country, all full of seed bombs and ready to turn any regular passerby into a guerilla gardening ninja.

The machines can be purchased, or even rented, to get Greenaid into your community, and Commonstudio supplies the seed bombs, making it easier than ever to green your local urban space and make your city just a little better.


Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.