Country Lore: Super Kelp Fertilizer

With 70 minerals used by both plants and animals, kelp fertilizer is nutritious and well suited to organic gardening.
By Donna Brown
April/May 2010
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Although it grows in the ocean, kelp makes excellent fertilizer for terrestrial plants.
PHOTO: DANIEL POLOHA/FOTOLIA


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It’s a Miracle!

I separate the fact from the fiction with use of soluble fertilizers.

I’ve never gardened any other way than organically. When we first moved to this farm, our garden was nothing more than a sun-baked brick of clay. I worked hard and things got better, though there were still problems: blossom end rot on the tomatoes and flea beetles on everything else.

In 2008, I planted my tomatoes by first dusting the tomato planting hole with 1 tablespoon of kelp fertilizer and sprinkling the kelp fertilizer on the ground around the plants. It was the first year I didn’t have blossom end rot and the weather was no different than previous seasons. In 2009, I used kelp even more aggressively as a garden fertilizer with equally remarkable results.

Kelp is a type of seaweed containing about 70 minerals that can easily be used by plants and animals. If kelp is not available at your local nursery, you can buy it from a health food store, or do as I do and buy it in 50-pound bags from the local farm and feed store.

Donna Brown
Alton, Missouri








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Nataile
4/19/2014 12:13:46 AM
We can found several types of fertilizer in our plant food world. Among them some act as toxic for both plant and soil. Before going to purchase fertilizer a farmer should know the composition of fertilizer and its effect on plant. kelp fertilizer is rarely use in farming sector and present in liquid form. But it is very effective and enhance the productivity of plant as well as soil. http://www.gsplantfoods.com/liquid-fish--kelp-blend.html








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