how it works
What are Seed Balls
Seed balls: are a method for distributing seeds by encasing them in a mixture of clay and compost. This protects the seeds by preventing them from drying out in the sun, getting eaten by birds, or from blowing away. We use non-GMO seeds for all of our seed balls.
- Allows seeds to have a better chance of germination so the plants you want to grow can become mature plants
- Fewer seeds are required due to the high rate of success
There is no digging with seed balls. Every seed used with our Nourishmat finds its home inside a seed ball. Seeds have needs too. Some seeds are provided with their very own seed ball, while others are have to share the space. The orb provides our most precious seeds with what a plant needs to grow, all bundled up. The mixtures has loads of root-encouraging nutrients. Worm castings offer a nice fertlizer. This is good for land that hasn't been cultivated or worked on for a while. Seed balls have a better chance of germination so the plants you want to grow can become mature plants. Therefore fewer seeds are required because the rate of success is higher.
How the Nourishmat Works
Efficient Water Delivery
The Nourishmat process keeps the soil community healthy by not releasing CO2 into the atmosphere needed for photosynthesis.
Square Foot Planting Method
We designed the Nourishmat using the square foot method, which is a great introductory method for new gardeners. Our movement tries to turn folks who are typically consuming fruits and veggies into producers. In addition to fruits and veggies, we have also created a companion planting style for this product. For example, marigolds are included to attract beneficial insects to the garden.
We also prefer not to till the soil as this actually disturbs the natural biological make up of the soil. No-till methods are not used worldwide but have been proven to increase yield and prevent soil erosion. Many soil conservation practices—contour tillage, reduced tillage and no-till, help prevent soil loss from wind and water erosion. Conservation tillage systems also help minimize soil compaction, conserve water and store carbon to help offset greenhouse gas emissions.
Why No Till?
Gardeners often dig, or turn over the top layer of soil before planting. People typically do this to eliminate unwanted plants and make the soil softer. Tilling the soil is often the most strenuous and unpleasant task required from a gardener. Many US industrial farmers are adopting No-till farming methods to prevent soil erosion, which reduces soil fertileness, so why should you at home not do that same?
The Nourishmat embraces square foot farming methods and companion planting. We do all the thinking and the work so you don't have to. Squarefoot gardening is a great introductory method. We back our users up with resources so they can create a sustainable growing regime.
Efficient Water Delivery
The Nourishmat also efficiently delivers water to plants by way of a simple to use (plug and go) design. Efficient water delivery cuts down on water usage and waste. Most sprinkler systems cover a large area, but unfortunately most of the water evaporates before reaching root structures.
Drip irrigation has been weaved into the Nourishmat so all you have to do is plug it into the hose. The current design allows water to be seeped out of small puntured holes within the drip lines. Water is delivered directly to the garden area. The Nourishmat weed layer becomes saturated with water and distributes the water throughout the garden area. Learn more...