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The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 17:57

I only buy small amounts of calcified seaweed to add to my wormery, it reduces acidity.

 

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:06
Verdun wrote (see)

Great believer in seaweed.  Think it is the very best soil and plant conditioner.

Used to get loads of fresh seaweed every year....tons of it. ,put on the soil in autumn it deters slugs, improves soil and by spring has rotted down enough to mix into the soil for veg preparation.  Used seaweed spray as a tonic on tomatoes, Beetroot, container plants, etc. etc.

Slightly alkaline so not to be used on ericaceous plants

Excellent you have access to fresh seaweed, Verdun. I can well see that the presence of sea-salt would be a deterrent to slugs & snails.

Interesting to note that the unique taste of Jersey potatoes is attributed to the liberal use of fresh seaweed.

 

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:29

Thanks, Alan....yes, calcified seaweed is an excellent fertilizer (especially in the veg garden) and is widely available in GCs & other outlets.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:03

It seems liquid seaweed has an NPK rating of  0-0-1, so I was right. That doesn't mean that it's anything other than an excellent organic feed.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:41
chicky wrote (see)

Thanks for this thread - always up for learning the science in bite size chunks !

A question - what does seaweed extract do on the NPK front?  And things like tomato feed are high in K - but do they have any of the N or P too?

Chicky - Yes there are the other two elements in tomato feed. The analysis of say Tomorite (you need to read the labels) is 4-3-8.... the figure 8 indicating the potash content.

As far as I know, seaweed contains nitrogen (N)  & trace elements, but negligible amounts of the other two.....I would need to research it to be absolutely sure.

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:25

 Not a big deal really, but I do appreciate honesty and I would like him to be more open about who actually does the nuts & bolts gardening at Longmeadow.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:52

"Although there are several types in there chemical form"......I wouldn't believe I penned that...so sorry! 

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:23

Tonight, Monty gives every reason under the sun to explain the demise of his beloved box hedging. The fact remains that it has been a disaster area ever since the program was first broadcast from Longmeadow two years ago.......The reason - he confessed to stupidly cutting it back hard in October.

That's when you invited in box blight, Mr Don!

Top Dressings

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:05

Gary, I would just say that business people starting threads and posting links advertising their business are often treated with some suspicion.

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:47
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCF0045_zpsa123c186.jpg

 

Summer 2013.

 

 

 

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