Seedballs are an eminently practical way of starting seeds of all varieties.
1)stops birds and insects feeding on the seeds
2)stops ants carrying the seeds away – I once broadcast alfalfa seeds on an old vineyard and came back a couple of days later to find the ants had piled the alfalfa seeds beside their nests!
3)stops the seeds being blown away by the wind
4)stops the seeds being washed away into waterways by torrential rain
5)helps protect seeds from the sun which when strong can effect the viability of the seeds, especially if they must see out a dry season before the rain arrives.
Small seeds can be seedballed as they are, however, larger seeds such as peas and beans should be soaked in water overnight, otherwise they absorb the water too quickly from the clay mix and cause the seedball coat to crack.
The seedballs should be left to dry in the shade, where it’s dry and where they are out of strong winds.