Posted: 22/09/2013 at 01:05
Just read through the threads probably missed a few though.
James seaweed feed is easy to make and the salt on it doesn't need to be washed off as there is so little on it. I've been making it for a few years now, toms and spuds love it. You can also use it as a spray, diluted down, to keep slugs and snails of flowering plants but you need to spray before slugs and snails start to appear in the spring.
I make it in an old plastic bin with the lid on and put the seaweed in pastic bags with holes punched in them, submerged in water, it's then bottled up in milk cartons and saved before diluting down in a watering can, when needed.
It smells in the bin but isn't to bad when used, just smells like the seaside after a high tide for a couple of hours. Dried, it doesn't smell at all and is a good mulch round potted plants.
I'm happy to be wrong but in most area's you can't pick seaweed fresh but can take seaweed which has been washed up on the beach, after a high tide is best. You'd need to check any by-laws and restrictions for the beach before collecting.