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Seaweed is among the best gifts nature makes available for the gardener. Seaweed will benefit your garden any time of year, but it is especially useful as a mulch to protect plants during hot, dry weather. In our garden, we’ve come to rely on seaweed as a valuable, yet free, source of fertilizer, mulch and organic pest control all in one natural material.
Gathering seaweed for the garden has always been a favorite outing for our family. We usually take a small skiff to a nearby beach and load up with as many sacks as we can safely transport home. It’s fun for children, as they can participate as well as an adult, or they can simply enjoy the beach while we gather the seaweed. As we fill up our sacks, our thoughts drift to the many benefits this will bring our garden.
The purpose of any mulch is to keep garden soil from drying out at the surface. And by preventing moisture from evaporating, mulch reduces the need for watering. The practice of mulching is essential in areas where conditions are hot and dry.
Slugs are immediately repelled by two things – salt and sharp-edged materials. Seaweed has a natural salt content which repels slugs, and within a few days of application it dries and becomes quite crispy. Slugs do not like “crispy” surfaces, as the sharp salty edges cut into the soft body tissue. While some mulches may provide hiding spots for slugs, earwigs and other pests, seaweed mulch does not have this disadvantage.
But what about salt? Is this a problem?We have been using seaweed as mulch for many years and have not seen any adverse effect, such as a salt overload in the soil. In our region we have plentiful rain. If you are concerned about salt, seaweed can be spread out over the driveway and rinsed with a hose. Of course this is not an issue if you are using freshwater lake weed.
Zoomer goes off to check when the next high tide is....
Gathering fallen leaves is also a winner with children, I offer a treat to the one who can put the most leaves in a bin bag...erm.. maybe that should be on the tricks of the trade thread...
Tut tut tut Zoomer they get more in india and China,thats slve labour alright lol.
Do you rent them out? I have some work that needs doing,but can i heckers like get my lads to do it.I dont know what they will do when they have their own gardens to look after
Always advocating the use of seaweed in the garden. Nothing better whatever soil,type you have. (it helps a little if you live near the coast of course....as I do)
no problem Verdun if you your like Zoomer and her sweatshop way to get it transported.
Not so sure about renting them out, good labours hard to come by these days.
They helped to eat my strawberries and toms this year. Gathering seaweed is usually a great day out, they look forward to that.
I'll be off then, soon as car fixed. Don't see the bus driver being happy with bagfuls of seaweed!
Look on the bright side, the bus driver would be less pleased if it was horse muck
Very true! I've been tempted, believe me!
does anyone have a wormary and hoh do you use it and what are the benfits of it?