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Of all forms of subversion/protest guerilla gardening has got to be my favourites (do a google search), It's non violent, environmentally friendly, and has a healthy dose of humour about it, (and I'd love to give it a go.)

This instructable will show you how to build an electric seed hopper, and give suggestions on ways to use it.
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Step 1: Materials

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Here's what you'll be needing:

Small geared down electric motor
Piece of plastic (about 4mm thick)
Small jam pot
About 2.5cm diameter pulley
Some nuts and bolts of various sizes
A couple of washers

For the motor i used a nice small motor with an included gear box that was liberated from the auto focus mechanism of an old video camera.
The pulley was taken from part of the mechanism of a flat bed plotter (i REALLY wish I'd held onto the rest of it, it would of made an excellent x/y table for a simple CNC machine)
And the jam pot was "liberated" from a hotel (i guess they technically where free, but I like to think of myself as a bit of a badass sometimes.)

Step 2: Cutting the plastic

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First you'll be wanting to cut the plastic into a rectangle with the same width as the diameter of the jam pot and enough length to mount the motor horizontally.
I recommend using a sharp point to score a line on the plastic rather than trying to mark it with a pen or pencil.
If your feeling neat and tidy you can file the edges straight and make it look all pretty. (I didn't, but I might clean it up a bit when I get around to using it)
UltraMagnus6 years ago
a few suggestions on plants you could use that could be quite successful (some would say prolific) Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree) Aegopodium podagraria (Ground-elder) Fallopia japonica (japanese knotweed) none of these are particularly pretty, but hey, something is better than nuthin.

Be careful with Fallopia japonica, it is extremely invasive in some countries!

Raspberries grow well in poor soil, and are delicious.  The seeds are small too.  Fill 'er up!

Lupine seeds are miniscule (almost like dust).  They spread readily, and are beautiful.

Some plants pull nitrogen down into the soil and actually enrich it (clover, for example)  The flowers can be quite pretty too, and bees love 'em.

I could see this easily mounted on a kite, which can be flown out over the quarry.  The natural updraft from the quarry would easily keep it aloft.  You could also just mount another string on the kite, which you pull and dump the seeds out wherever you like.

Great idea!
silverrowan5 years ago
I know this isn't a new instructable, but I would really like to point something out.

PLEASE use plant species native to your area for this sort of thing, even in undisturbed areas spreading non-native seeds around can be a bad idea, and this is exactly the sort of disturbed area that can cause non-native species to escape and "naturalize" (start reproducing wild) and potentially do a lot of harm to whatever native species.

(eg. entire Vancouver island squirrel population is from ONE breeding pair that escaped captivity, and their pushing the native squirrel out, and very likely doing damage to the Gary Oak meadows (threatened habitat) by this exclusion and predation of acorns. You know, for an example. I'm more of an animal than a plant person, but I know that plants can also be very successful invaders.)
We have the squirrel thing in the UK too, the American Grey was introduced around 100 years ago as a possible food source, but it fell out of fashion.

The native Red Squirrels are smaller and only eat certain foods, but the Grey has taken over entire woodland areas and virtually made the Red extinct.

They now only survive in isolated woodland areas and islands where the Grey has never been introduced, for example the Isle of Wight.
Wow very good just notice you live near me im also in manchester !! woo manchester Lol i like the idea of Helicopter u could do it to annoy people lol
amishjim6 years ago
..and then hook it up to an RC Heli or Plane and "Seeds Away".
That would be cool!
I love it man totaly, I have been building a robot for gardening thinking it could handel seeding,watering,harvest,scarecrow in just the same way I kept imagining a bublegum machine style hopper for it, I dont know if your interested in any of that. But my robot has a mandable for cutting and carying and I want to add a 10 dollar plastic drill press holding a servo motor&small auger bit atached and a 5v mini waterpump and bladder im still working on a solar dynomo charging system,water detection and hopeing to add gps so it can go deep woods self charge do its job and return to a pickup point on a schedual- haha! anywho heres a photo I took befor the drillpress and pump&bladder is added you can message me if you like. p.s. this is all prototype and the plywood will be anodized aluminum soon, Im now working on a robotic arm and cargo basket too that will lag behind like a scorpion tail what you see installed is infrared motion detector microcontroler, tamper switch and soon self destruct aswell...still working on knees butsofar it is silent running.kinda cool to find the same proj in diff flavor too.I wonder what slick would think of this lol..
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}{itch (author)  iamdenteddisk6 years ago
wow! that looks incredible,would love to see a photo of the final version! does it handle rough terrain well?
The robot pictured here doesn't handel rough terain well, but the new design can even climb trees. I am just now getting setup to be able to cast my own aluminum parts from recycled cans. I was apprenticed as a jeweler and watchmaker/machineist, so I can do the work but got to setup my own shop and tools as you can imagine having a machinist bill for each experiment is costly but by the end of this month I should get to post a new instructable..would it be cool to include a hopper close to your design?
whitedem0n6 years ago
why would you need a seed hopper?
}{itch (author)  whitedem0n6 years ago
step 7 gives some ideas for use.
kitsuken6 years ago
Just as a warning, be very careful about the plants you use if you decide to do this. There are large tracts of land that have pretty much been taken over in England because of invasive foreign plants getting loose. You can probably get in a lot of trouble if you do this kind of thing with the wrong one.
Black Eyed Susans are an invasive perrenial, that is drought tolerant, native to North America, easy to grow from seed, and looks nice
Common birdseed grade sunflower seeds are inexpensive and fix nitrogen into the soil, improving it. I don't think they'll fit in thing thing, however.
Patrik6 years ago
Hey }{itch - I've been adding the "guerrilla gardening" keyword to a few other instructables - check it out! Know of any more?

By the way, I've seen seed balls which work on a similar principle: a bunch of native seeds, embedded in a marble-sized ball of clay and compost. Much easier to make, and they have the advantage that you can toss them (or even shoot with a slingshot) at otherwise inaccessible spots: at a freeway median from the window of a moving car, up a rocky cliff, at your neighbor's over-run garden, in an abandoned lot, etc...

Anyone care to make a seed ball instructable? I think that would make for a great addition to the Green Science Fair contest running right now...
AWESOME! The first few pictures, and some near the end are great, and the others are okayish, but still, nice job, and that last picture, how did you find out where I live?

Just kidding.
Hazah! I didn't even know about guerilla gardening. Very cool!
Just don't go nuts with invasive species. Stick to indiginous stuff or the Law of Unintended Consequences will catch up to you. Just ask anyone in the southern United States how they feel about kudzu.
god i hate kudzu... did you know it is edible? but it doesnt taste good enough to get all eaten up.
That's why we introduced the Fire-ant... we're going to start introducing the norweigian Ant-eater to control those, and then the Kenyan-birdhawk to control those....
WattSekunde7 years ago
Use horsetail. (Equisetum)

Equisetum on Wikipedia

We try to get them out of our garden. No chance. ;-)
ricky02077 years ago
A very good idea, I would put it on my rc hellicopter but I crashed it!
Geordiepom7 years ago
I like ideas like this. I remember when I lived in the UK people would throw "seed grenades" of native plants out of the car window onto roundabouts and median strips. Very satisfiying in spring; driving to work and seeing your blooms growing in remote places.
attach it to a bicycle or a car as well... put a switch on it so you can activate it when you drive or ride through an area that is in need of some "improvement"
snoyes7 years ago
If only Johnny Appleseed had used one of these...
I love it! I didn't know my thoughts on this actually had a label. I would use mostly native annuals mixed in with a few perennials. The annuals will act as an erosion bandaid for the first seasons while the slower growing perennials establish themselves under the annuals.
Pyrowuzzup7 years ago
this is a good idea. you could even have some kind of spinning spike wheel in the back that would make little holes for the seeds.