Did you know seaweed is good for your garden? We found this great big piece this weekend walking the beach and got so excited to bring it home for the garden. Yes, silly. However, the seaweed provides lots of vitamins and minerals for the soil, plus phosphates. It improves soil fertility, aeration and moisture retention. Generally lots of good stuff to help your veggies grow.
When you use fresh seaweed, you can wash it in fresh water before putting it in the soil or compost. This reduces some of the salt on it. (Some say it’s not necessary so make your own call.) Please don’t take the seaweed still attached to rocks, that is home to lots of little ocean creatures who will be upset you have taken their home away. Head to the beach after a good storm and you can find lots of homeless seaweed.
When we turned over the compost this season and added it to some of the raised beds, we laughed when we unearthed some old lobster claws still slightly intact. Did you know you can add your seafood shells to a compost pile? One less thing in the trash and they tend to break down quickly.
Don’t live near a beach? You can get seaweed fertilizer online to help give your garden a natural kick. We used Neptune’s Harvest growing up since we need one of the owners. It’s still around and a great product for doing some fertilizing once your veggies are growing. We used Organic Neptune’s Harvest Fish & Seaweed Fertilizerand it works great for tomatoes.
Anyone else have a random gardening tip to share?
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