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Q: I saw a gumball machine filled with “seedbombs.” What are they?

A: Consider them a growing trend. Danny Phillips and Kim Karlsrud, the Culver City artists behind Greenaid seedbombs, reworked hundreds of old gumball machines to dispense jawbreaker-size balls of compost, clay, and wildflower seeds for 50 cents apiece. Throw them onto a vacant lot and become an instant guerrilla gardener. Seedbombs are available at Amoeba Music, Time Travel Mart, and some Umami Burgers; just don’t confuse them with real food. “They look like chocolate truffles, but resist the urge to swallow them,” says Phillips. “You might burp up a bouquet.”

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