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Kelp--the super fertilizer.

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 and sprinkling kelp 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 in the garden 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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Title Annotation:COUNTRY LORE
Author:Brown, Donna
Publication:Mother Earth News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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