What else makes kelp a superhero in the garden? Well, for starters, it’s a highly renewable resource, growing up to six feet a day! Can you imagine any other living thing doing that? Yikes!
Kelp absorbs minerals and nutrients from the ocean and imparts various amino acids which increase the nutrient uptake of your plants. It promotes rapid and healthy plant growth by acting as a catalyst, and helps microbial activity in the rhizosphere.
Kelp Meal is seaweed that’s been harvested and dried. It has the longest shelf life (although degrades slightly over time) and is the easiest form to use. You can mix it right into your soil, or sprinkle it lightly around your plants about once a month for the first 4-5 months of growth. It will stimulate soil bacteria, enhance root structure and increase fertility through humus fermentation, aeration and moisture retention. Not too shabby!
Our favorite form of kelp is a liquid concentrate. Dilute it with water and use it as a foliar spray or ad it to your watering can to help the rhizosphere. As a foliar spray, it makes your plants greener by increasing chlorophyll content, helps combat plant stress (spray after transplanting!) and increases plant hardiness. It also can help with bug control, deterring Japanese Beetles and Aphids. We also like to spray it lightly on our seeds to help with germination and give the seedlings a head start.
With so many applications and benefits, we think this can easily be classified as another plant superfood. Whether it’s Kelp Meal or a Liquid Concentrate, we hope that you will give kelp a try and see what it can do for your garden!