I keep hearing about Neptune’s Harvest and how it’s a good seaweed fertilizer.
Last week I did a Goodstream on seaweed as a fertilizer. There’s tons of info in it and it moves along quickly. Don’t let the length fool you. In the last half after the seaweed presentation, I’m jamming on the guitar. I don’t mind if you skip that. I promise to still be your friend. Though I won’t think as much of you, of course.
In the presentation, I mention Neptune’s Harvest. I’ve watched multiple videos on their fish and seaweed fertilizers and have heard only good things. Unfortunately, they are not available for sale in my country or I’d give them a try.
This guy shows some results in his review video, plus he has good ideas on using weaker solutions to feed with every watering:
On Monday I came across this video presentation by one of the ladies in the company. Now I like them even more!
I didn’t realize it was a small family business that sprang off a fishing business as a way to use the rest of the fish after cleaning. I have just heard it was a good seaweed fertilizer / fish emulsion type company. Great thinking to reclaim the “waste” and make it into a garden amendment.
I think I would go with the seaweed/fish mix if I had the option, as I assume it has a wider range of nutrients.
You can get Neptune’s Harvest on Amazon. I’m temped to see if I can buy some next time I visit the states and bring it back in my luggage.
Good Seaweed Fertilizer At Home
Of course, I do pretty well making my own fish/seaweed fertilizers. I might as well keep doing that.
I need to start straining it into bottles, though. I’ve got that whole trash can fermented down and ready to use, except that it is full of crab shells and bones.
Maybe I’ll put it through a window screen, then a coffee filter. If I put it aside in bottles, already strained, I can use my pump sprayer to hit the trees and plants now and again. Foliar feeding is like magic.
I was a big fan of kelp meal in the past. Since Fukushima, however, I avoid everything coming from the Pacific. Neptune’s Harvest is based on the Atlantic side of the country so I don’t worry about the potential for radioactive contamination.
If you can’t make your own, good seaweed fertilizer can be bought. It’s expensive, but I saw great results using kelp meal in the past – and fish emulsion – so I am sold on the power of ocean plants and animals for garden feeding. The cabbages in the top image were fed partly with kelp meal, and a master gardener friend told me she grew amazing strawberries with fish emulsion. I have Steve Solomon to thank for the original kelp recommendation and the Complete Organic Fertilizer mix he created which originally got me thinking about how many minerals I should have in my garden. His book The Intelligent Gardener opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking about the soil.
It makes sense when you consider how many minerals are in fish and seaweed. Adding them to your garden gives your plants much more nutrition than they would get from the soil alone.
I used to use fish emulsion in my garden, but unfortunately it attracts the bears so I’ve had to stop. Compost tea works well, and this year I’m trying earthworm castings also to add some more organic goodness to the soil.