Jonathan & Denise >
This year, feeding the soil that feeds us has started with three trailer loads of rotting seaweed from Smercleit. A storm had thrown a quantity of seaweed over the low concrete sea-wall, covering a track with a thick layer of Bladder Wrack. As no-one had done anything about it, and the seaweed was quickly becoming a sticky slimy mess, we reversed the trailer right up to the seaweed, and set about forking the weed over the side of the trailer – the easiest uplift of seaweed ever! After three such trips, on three successive afternoons, we now have one trailer load – half a tonne or more – mixed into the compost heap, and two have been used mulching the rhubarbs, cardoons, fennel, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries.
We’ve still to collect – from the beach itself, fresh seaweed thrown up by storms. However at the moment the beach is choked with kelp with its long stems, and that’s too bulky and awkward for our small-scale methods. Storms over the next few days are likely to clear the kelp and recharge the beach with – hopefully – a mixture of bladder wrack, sea-grass, and other smaller seaweeds.
The blackbirds of our garden are waiting for the next load : there’ll be all those tasty sand-hoppers, and lots of other goodies to eat!