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.
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|Publication:||Mother Earth News|
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|Date:||Apr 1, 2010|
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