If you’ve seen the famous film and ‘fictional documentary’ Man of Aran, you’ll have witnessed how islanders dragged seaweed from the waters, layering up year after year to create nutrient-rich soil. Growing organically is all about giving back to the earth, as soil becomes depleted when it’s farmed intensively.
If you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug, take your produce to the next level with seaweed. Remember that good, nutritious food comes from well-fed soil. The only crops that get pests and diseases are stressed plants, and stress can come from hungry soil.
Get ahead of the curve for next year by building great soil now. Go to the beach and bag as much mineral-rich seaweed as you can. Only take what isn’t stuck to rocks and leave any bleached-looking stuff behind. Cover your existing raised beds with a couple of layers of plain brown cardboard, for carbon, and pile on the seaweed, up to 12in in depth. Cover this with black plastic and weigh down with stones for a slow-baked breakdown over winter, ready for spring planting. l
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