Nova Scotia

Treelings launches seed bomb campaign on Eastern Shore

Along Highway 7 on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, Gail Martin hears music when she thinks about the "kabloom" that happens after she launches a seed bomb.

Company started to repair Hurricane Juan damage, but now helps beautify Nova Scotia

The seed bombs can pretty up a neighbourhood. (Submitted)

Along Highway 7 on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, Gail Martin hears music when she thinks about the "kabloom" that happens after she launches a seed bomb.

What is a seed bomb, you ask?

Gail Martin operates Treelings, a tree seedlings company near Moser River, with her husband Jurgen.

​"Basically it's a little ball of Lantz clay — you have to shop local; good old Nova Scotia clay — compost and seeds. And these are tossed into hopefully a bare area. It's so lush here. Lots of competition. So I try to stress [for people to toss them into] bare areas so they'll grow."

Martin says it can be as easy as "throw and grow."

"If you know it's going to rain, go out just before because it's that rain that's going to give them that head start," she added. 

'Bloom the shore'

Martin says this year, the company is mostly making sunflower bombs. A new Porters Lake business called Piper and Max are launching their own attack. 

"She's using the sunflower bombs and we thought, 'OK, she can start at that end. We'll start at this end and we could bloom the shore!'"

Martin says seeds bombs began in North America in New York City.

"They were throwing seeds bombs with tomato seeds so they served dual purpose. They not only beautified an empty lot but they fed the people that lived in the neighbourhood."

Martin says the tree aspect of her business is seasonal.

"Treelings for us starts on Earth Day and then we're flat out through June and July and August — weddings. But it's seasonal. So we were looking for a product to bridge the gap and I got fascinated with seed bombs," she said. 

"The sunflower seed bombs were really popular because they're big, they're splashy, kids love them and they sprout very quickly. They see the results of what they've done pretty quickly. The other popular one was purple poppy seed bombs." 

Hurricane Juan

One reason Martin and her husband got into the business was because Hurricane Juan knocked out a lot of big trees in their area in 2003. They thought people would be wanting to replant trees.

"But they didn't, because they were cleaning up for years. Then we started getting inquiries for weddings," she said.

"At first, I didn't know why people would be interested in tree seedlings for weddings but Treelings has just grown because of word of mouth. It's certainly not much that we're doing."

Martin suggests using red pepper to protect your seed bomb from squirrels. After that, just sit back and watch the natural beauty begin to grow.

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