Since the dawn of time, mankind has always been on the lookout for new ways to do things. It’s no different in gardening. All over the world, gardeners have constantly invented better and better methods for improving the quality and quantity of the large variety of flowers and plants in their gardens. Mind you, not
However, one that did gave birth to a product that is commonly referred to today as a seaweed fertilizer. In simple terms, this was the successful adaptation of seaweed as a natural soil fertilizer, especially in Great Britain and other European countries. What makes seaweed such an invaluable product is that it possesses unique qualities. Consider this. It is loaded with essential trace minerals and growth hormones that encourage plants to thrive and prosper. With only a small amount of cellulose in its system, grinding it is an easy task. And, if that’s not enough, seaweed does not share any known diseases with any land-based plant.
For these reasons, it’s not surprising that organic gardeners, whose numbers worldwide continue to increase by the day, have popularized and continue to use algae fertilizers in their home gardens in large quantities. They wanted something that is all-natural and plant-based, something that would not harm the environment and does not have the negative connotations that the major brand name chemical fertilizers carry with them.
So, how do you use this wonderful product in your home garden? Well, you can apply it as mulch by adding it directly to your soil and positioning it around your plants. It will break down fairly quickly, the likely reason being that seaweed is about 90% water.
Good gardeners also add seaweed to their compost heap or bin and swear that the humus generated is even richer and more friable than in a “traditional” compost. I can vouch for this as this has been my experience as well (not that I’m claiming to be such a good gardener).
Other gardeners turn the seaweed into a liquid fertilizer by letting it dissolve in some kind of suitable container before feeding their plants. Because this method may not be the ideal way to do it and also because of the high salt content in seaweed, you may be better off with an organic commercial product. Seaweed fertilizer is available in powder form as well and can be dissolved and used as a foliar spray.
However you decide to use seaweed fertilizer, you will end up with soil so fertile in your home garden that you will produce a crop full of healthy and beneficial vitamins and minerals in no time at all.