If you live near the sea there is an abundant and sustainable source of mulch and fertilizer right at your feet. When we are on our island we carry a few handfuls of seaweed to the garden beds every time we walk up from the beach.
Seaweed grows so fast and is considered a nuisance to people who like white sandy beaches, so nobody minds when you remove some seaweed from the beach.
Seaweed can act like a mulch in that it helps the soil retain moisture and suppresses weed growth. But it also has nutrients and hormones which are good for plants. Click here for more information about the benefits of using seaweed in your garden.
Dorian Winslow is the president of Womanswork, and is passionate about making the best products on the market for women who garden and work outdoors.
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