The Power of Seaweed

The silver lining to all our recent storms is the enormous amount of seaweed that is washed up on our beaches, which makes the perfect compost for the garden. As we don't keep any large animals and the chickens do not produce enough manure (although when I am cleaning their coop this is hard to believe), seaweed is our easiest option. It is best to collect it above the current high tide mark after heavy rain as then most of the salt has been rinsed out.

We usually spend a pleasant hour stuffing recycled sacks full of seaweed, preferably once it has been broken down by the action of the waves. Then we wait for a calm spell, this can be a long wait! Finally comes a quick beach raid with the big dinghy to haul it back to the pier. Once there it goes by barrow or quad bike up to the house. Sometimes I use it as a mulch around soft fruit bushes or on my asparagus bed. Other times I add it to the compost heap where it mixes well with the chicken bedding and droppings to make excellent compost to dig in during the spring. 

seaweed collected on the beach