Seaweed can annoy beachgoers, but for gardeners, it is a gift from the sea! Seaweed has been used to fertilize the soil for hundreds of years because it contains tons of useful minerals that can help improve the soil. This DIY seaweed fertilizer is easy to prepare and will ensure that your plants get a healthy dose of nutritious food!
What is Seaweed Fertilizer?
Seaweed is considered an excellent fertilizer because it contains mannitol, which increases the plants’ ability to absorb nutrients. Seaweed fertilizers are known for their health benefits, for example, 60 micronutrients are added to mulch or compost. Seaweed also has many growth hormones and disease control properties. Due to these factors, plants treated with this type of fertilizer have almost all the nutrients they may need. Seaweed also provides food for beneficial fungi in the soil. Production of seaweed fertilizer is not only cheap but also organic and organic.
Benefits of Seaweed for Plants:
- Seaweeds improve the soil structure by increasing the porosity of the soil and improving moisture retention.
- The rich nutrients in seaweed stimulate beneficial bacteria and create rich and healthy soil for flower beds and edible gardens.
- Dried seaweed can be cut directly into the ground or tossed in a pile of compost.
- If you live near the beach you can collect fresh seaweed from the coast, contact the local authorities. Collecting seaweed is illegal in some areas (because it is protected), so do your homework first.
How to Make Fertilizer from Seaweed?
Collect the seaweed from the coast and put it in the bucket for transportation; a handful produces only five liters of liquid fertilizer. However, to thicken the resulting mixture, just add more seaweed to the bucket.
Add water to the bucket and wrap seaweed around using waterproof- gloves on your hands. Pour this first water to wash the seaweed and remove traces of salt; fill a bucket with five liters of freshwater and make sure the seaweed is covered.
Place the seaweed in a cool, dark place – such as the corner of a garage or basement – and let them fall apart. Let the seaweed rest for a few weeks or up to two months. The longer you dive, the more concentrated the connection becomes.
Add a little fish emulsion to the fertilizer, adds phosphorus and nitrogen; In combination with potassium in seaweed, the liquid becomes a fertilizer.
Make part of the final mixture of part of the fertilizer with water; after breaking down seaweed for up to two months, it can be further diluted to increase the amount of available fertilizer. Put the diluted fertilizer in another bucket and pour it around the plants.
If necessary, fertilize once a month with seaweed fertilizer. Rain can eliminate nutrients, and when the soil is dry, there is no vitamin for plants because it cannot move. As always, you need to use fertilizer to plant seeds to germinate.
If desired, you can add fish emulsions to seaweed fertilizer. This can add trace elements and other nutrients to your soil. If you have an unpleasant odor, you can add fertilizer with molasses. The sugar in molasses helps regulate foul odors and promotes microbial growth by feeding simple aerobic bacterial sugar. The combination of all these fertilizers can create a beautiful garden with flowers or a strong and healthy vegetable garden every year.