Reflecting on the seed bombs made not too long ago, they were made with the primal pretext of survival and growth. Seed choices needed to be hardy and fast in growth as the urban jungle was a tough place to be. But plants can really do more than that. So this time, we rigorously worked on our seed choices with the nice people at Eats, Shoots and Roots, engaging a deeper set of obstacles in the urban environment.

We realized that plant choices could be used to tailor the urban environment we see every day. There were some plants that are good at attracting wildlife; some at rehabilitating the soil and other that are edible.

(photo credit: Sze Ying Goh)

Flowers

Beneficial weeds are extremely hardy and are commonly found among wastelands. They have the ability to nurse the wasteland for slower growing species to succeed them. Although there are many beneficial weeds, we have chosen the Globe Amaranth because of their downright beauty.

The Globe Amaranth or locally known as ‘bunga butang’ is a naturalized hardy flowering plant that grows well in our wastelands. It is a great companion plant that takes care of its smaller and more delicate plants. And since it flowers, it will look great!

Flowering plants are an extremely important part of the urban ecosystem. Flowers attract bees and are especially important when we note that bees pollinate every third bite you eat. With no bees in the city, there will be fewer flowers and fruits in town and urban farmers will have to pollinate their crops by hand. This quality will benefit the papaya plant in our seed lineup once it is ready to flower or fruit.

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