so if kelp is an algae and makes great fertilizer, would the algae that grows in my pond work??????? My pond is spring fed and wonderful but there is normally algae where the cat tails are that I rake out and throw away. Could I be throwing away gold?????? HMMMMMM. Love your post
Hmmmmm indeed! Well, I would guess the algae in your pond would have some great nutrients and would be a wonderful additive to your compost pile! In fact, I would even venture to say it would make a great mulch. Try it! It couldn’t hurt! 🙂
Years ago we collected seaweed off the beach, and chopped it into the garden. We haven’t done it since then, but reading this makes me want to try it again. Thanks for writing about it. Did you use a bubbler in your tank?
Just curious, did you survive the rains? Up here on the Oregon Coast, we’ve gotten over 19 inches of rain in February alone. Your rains made the news several times. I hope CA has caught up, but not washed away. 🙂
Ugh… “rain, rain go away”… Actually, we have been fine where we are up in the mountains. However, the Oroville Dam and the town of Oroville is on the highway below us, where we do some of our shopping. The highway has also had a few mudslides, closing it for a day here and there. Luckily we have plenty of food and water here on our fledgling homestead, so we are fine. I’m just worried about all the citizens in the valley when the snow melt begins! One of the worst floods the Sacramento Valley has seen was in March, when a “Pineapple Express” came through, which is what the meteorologists now call a warm atmospheric river. But, good thing us is that along with the rain has come some very cold temps, which will help to kill of the pine bark beetle, which is killing so many pine trees in our state. As far as the seaweed fertilizer – that stuff works miracles! My seedlings have never been so quick to emerge and are very healthy, which I think is, in part, due to the gibberellic acid in the seaweed fertilizer! We haven’t tried the bubbler yet, but next time we make the fertilizer, I think we will.
Yes, we need cold temps to kill the pine bark beetle. I read in “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” a book by Thomas Friedman, that the “shoulders of winter” are not cold enough anymore to kill the pests that burrow into the trees. Cold winters are not long enough and whole forests are dying which makes wildfires possible.
I was talking to my wife about your seaweed project. We admire what you’re doing because of how much work that is…going to the beach, collecting a bunch of seaweed (how? in buckets that you have to walk back to the car with?) Then having to drive all the way up to your mountain home. That’s got to be a couple of hundred miles, right? Smelling seaweed? 🙂
Hahaha – yes, I suppose it could be a stinky adventure – because it takes us about 4 to 5 hours for us to get from the beach to our home! What we do is take our old ice chest, line it with a very large plastic leaf bag, and put it right on the beach where we gather the seaweed. We gather the fresh stuff that has just come in from high tide. The fresh seaweed, like fresh fish, doesn’t have an objectionable odor! Then, once the chest is full, we twist the top of the leaf bag and rubber band it, close the chest and haul it off the beach into the back of our SUV. No odors! I process the stuff the very next morning, when it is still fairly fresh, and it doesn’t smell – yet. The smell begins about a week after we start the fermentation process.
I will need to read that book by Thomas Friedman, it sounds very informative. The only problem I have is that it seems the more I learn about climate change, the more frustrated I get that seemingly nothing is being done about it! Sometimes ignorance is bliss. 😉
I can totally relate to “ignorance is bliss.” The more you know, the more you realize things aren’t black and white. When things aren’t b+w it’s much harder to make decisions. I guess that’s why politicians like to try to simplify things.