In the midst of a steamy summer, a trip to the beach is an ideal way to de-stress. But did you know that trip can also be good for your garden, if you bring back some seaweed?

Long before chemical fertilizers, gardeners used seaweed for its many amazing abilities.

Why seaweed works

Seaweed is a bio-stimulant, a natural, nutrient-dense fertilizer that helps plants grow better. Loaded with trace elements, micro-nutrients, plant growth hormones, amino acids and beneficial fungi and bacteria, seaweed is a plant superfood.

The nutrients in seaweed are readily absorbed, bind to the root zone where plants can access them, improve soil structure and strengthen plant defenses. It is a bit of a miracle cure for what ails your garden.

How it helps your plants

The benefits of seaweed are impressive.

  1. Reduces stress on plants during summer heat
  2. Veggies grow larger and many fruits become sweeter
  3. Flowering plants bloom more
  4. Plants become more resilient to disease
  5. Fruits and vegetables survive longer post-harvest
  6. Seeds germinate faster after soaking in seaweed

How and when to use seaweed

If you cannot visit the beach, you can still make seaweed fertilizer with store bought seaweed.

If you prefer to not make your own liquid seaweed, never fear, you can buy liquid seaweed treatments,

Seaweed can be used through the growing season, First follow the directions for dilution, then apply to soil to fertilize, spray lightly and regularly on leaves to prevent pests, soak seeds before planting and apply to fruits and vegetable 10 days before harvesting,

And during the heat of summer, it is recommended that you drench your plants to the roots for a heat protecting treatment once each month.