THE COMPLETE PACKAGE
My neighbor has been saying for years that we should try seaweed in our garden. Â I brushed it off until a recent beach walk had me looking at the shoreside debris in a different light. Â The sea grass snaked along the coastline in rows that reminded me of hay drying in the fields right before the baler came to scoop it up. Â I did a little online research first and then just felt silly for living and gardening here for years and never using it! Â Â It’s free and readily available and is loaded with minerals and nutrients the soil needs, in addition to being a mulch and pest deterrent. Â The complete package. Â One of the readingsÂ that I enjoyed most was from the Vegetable Gardener. The Royal Horticultural Society had some general information on the topic as well.
I wanted to find out from the research if there was a particular kind of seaweed that was better than another or if there was anything else I needed to know. Â I couldn’t find anything that said specifically not to use a certain type, so I scooped up some of that beautiful sea grass I had seen earlier. Â Of course, any time there is work like this to be done, it’s best to employ a toddler. Â If you don’t have one of your own, check with your neighbors. Â They might have one they would be willing to loan out for an hour. Â Luckily I have my own.
BUT DOES IT WORK?
Different gardening blogs had conflicting advice. Â Some said “wash it,” some said “don’t bother.” Â (This lazy gardener went with the “don’t bother” advice!) Â Somewhere in a comment a gardener had reviewed that their plants turned yellow. Â I decided to only gather enough for a small area and put it around plants that I wouldn’t be too devastatingÂ at losing. Â It has been three weeks. Â The plants look great. Â I put it around some perennial flowers that are still growing and I don’t think it’s my imagination that they have grown bigger and brighter in those few weeks. Â I also haven’t seen as many slugs in that area of the garden either! Â Hooray!!
THE NEXT STEP
I will definitely be gathering more after I come back from vacation at the end of August. Â I’ll use it mostly for mulch but also put some in the compost pile. Â I’m interested in trying the “tea” that several of the blogs mention to spray on foliage but I won’t be doing that until next growing season.
BEFORE YOU HARVEST, CHECK THE REGS!
Before you harvest seaweed, please review all applicable regulations for your area.