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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:55 pm    Post subject: tonnes of seaweed Reply with quote

there are tonnes of seaweed washed up on our shores make use of the free fertilizer
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live beside a lake. No seaweed Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Seaweed, fertility from the sea Reply with quote

Im based in Kerry.
This year I drew over 30 ton of seaweed to my farm for our veg growing.
I have done this over the last few years. Our plants and land humm with life.
Our salads and veg taste great , so our customers tell us.
If you are lucky enough to live near the sea, take advantage of it.
It is unbelievable the amount of benefits the use of seaweed will bring to your farm or garden.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curious about this...how do you harvest it? Do you need to dry it in place, or pick it up at seaside and drive home with it?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:32 pm    Post subject: Harvesting seaweed Reply with quote

We collect it form the beach.
It is against the law to harvest it directly form the rocks.
We wait for the right weather . Good swell to brake it form the rocks , right wind direction to wash it ashore on our local beach and right time of year so it is at the end of its growing cycle.

It is pretty much collect it and drive it home. We some times gather it above high tide mark and give it a week or so to brake down further , reducing in volume so it takes less loads to draw. Depends on the amount. for your garden docent make much of a difference .

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super, thanks. Good to know about the rock legality too - save me having a run in with the law! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: best to keep the right side of Reply with quote

I only mention it to reassure you you are well entitled to collect seaweed washed on to the beach.
I often get told we can't collect seaweed, we can we just can't cut it from the rocks for conservation reasons, which is fair enough.
Some time we need to challenge the law, to ensure it represents us.
But the right time in the right place and for the right reasons.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard quite a few people suggest seaweed as a fertiliser. I have heard good things about it for both plants and lawns alike!
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