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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:53 pm    Post subject: Where to get seaweed? Reply with quote

I am trying to locate seaweed to put on top of some raised beds for the winter. Does anyone know where it can be bought? Many thanks James
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James - You don't say which part of the country you're in and I should wait for a few more answers, but Fruit Hill Farm of Bantry produces a lot of seaweed based fertilisers and, if all else fails, may provide the raw material for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.seaweed.ie/irish_seaweed_contacts/index.php
Would seaweed not contain a lot of salt which couldrmful to plants?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bull McCabe made a green field out of it so it must be good.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

must not have been much good as they built houses on it and the cows ran away, not to mention the poor donkey fell over.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was no houses built on the field, the yank tried putting a road across it leading to a quarry alright. The tinkers donkey was pushed.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi James, depends on where your based.
There is a seaweed factory near where I'm from - arramara.ie

Even wet seaweed has no effect on plants with regards salt. I have used it straight from the shore for years, as have my neighbors, and our ancestors, for hundreds of years.

If you are near the coast, then bring a car trailer after a storm to a beach at low tide, collect what has been thrown up.

I would do this mid January and lay out the lazy beds.

Let it sit there until late February - early March - then start planting your spuds.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

see the link below on using a mix of seaweed and / or manure in lazy-beds

http://connemaracroft.blogspot.com/2011/04/potato-planting-lazy-beds.html

There is also the added benefit that the layer of seaweed will smother other growth like grass etc prior to planting - and it will alter the environment enough to kill off slugs and bugs in the ground

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did simon purchase the Donkey was he in the film Laughing
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I got Delaney for free, kind of by accident truth be told.
He kept running away, so I had to buy him a girlfriend.
I also had to build him a shed.

He is happy and settled now - and has a great character

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On his passport it states Nidge Delaney, yes?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whole bunch of online suppliers for seaweed around here but you'd have to read up about them to get what suits your needs best.
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