Joshua Wilson aka SuperJosh was a very happy normal 3 and a half year old when he was diagnosed with his tumour; lifesaving brain surgery left Joshua in a coma for 3 months before he then started his recovery in rehab – the complicated surgery due to the location of the brain stem left him with complex physical needs, epilepsy, scoliosis, joint problems and an acquired brain injury.
Josh’s battle with his tumour continued for 10 years and in 2013 Josh and his Mum established his brain tumour charity. Sadly Josh passed away in November 2014 but his legacy lives on through his amazing charity supporting families of brain tumour sufferers with hospital grants, providing entertainment packages to hospitals and campaigning for improved changing facilities through ‘Changing Places’
In 2015 we want to do something that gives Josh’s followers the chance to have a wonderful memory of our hero and raise money for ongoing work so we are launching Superjosh Seedballs Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: wildflower seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chili powder, and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.
Josh’s seedballs reflect the colours of his charity logo – a mix of beautiful forget me nots, poppies and oxeyed daisy
The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate – helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chili powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
Seed balls will work well in most environments (as long as the seed is well suited to the local climate and soil conditions) and they’ll work as well in planting pots as in garden beds.
Seed balls can be scattered at any time of the year, although spring and autumn is usually optimal. Seed balls can be scattered in the summer with success, although flowers are unlikely to be seen until the following spring/summer. When exactly the seed ball grows and flowers will depend on the type of seed ball bought.
Seed balls can be scattered on top of soil or compost in your garden, and ideally in a nicely sunny spot. For grassy areas it’s best to remove a layer of top-soil before scattering seed balls.
The cost of a tin of Joshs superseedballs is £5 plus p&p. Of course you can donate more.
Click here to order yours http://www.joshwilson.org.uk/?p=1603