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Growing vegetables
...Timing your veg
...In heavy Soil
...In light Soil
...With Organic Manure
...Your enemies & friends
...After germination
...Presenting the product
...Specialist veg
...Sprouts to Endive
...Eggplant to Salsify
...Sea Kale etc

If you live near the sea, seaweed is really fantastic.

You have to stack it for a month or so for most of the salt to be washed out. In fact, if it is gathered in a dry summer, you will have to water it. It really does produce heavy crops. If you feel tempted to bring some back from a holiday by the sea, it may be worth remembering that to be really effective you have to apply 12lb (6kg) per square yard (metre). Even if your car will carry a hundredweight of it, you can only fertilise ten square yards, and of course you may well find your family refuses to appreciate the odour of decaying seaweed at close quarters.

Preparations from a seaweed base for foliar application are available from garden centres. We often concoct our own liquid mixtures using well rotted manure and these are particularly effective if there is a dry spell and the plants are not able to draw all the required benefit from the soil. These liquid feeds are not a substitute for well-dug-in manure, just a helpful supplement. If you apply a general fertiliser to growing crops but do not dig it in, just sprinkle it on the ground the rain will gradually water it in and it will reach all the roots instead of bypassing them.