Seaweed as Ground Cover for the School Garden

Some of our French magnolias ended up dying from disease. We’re still trying to figure out how, but it’s not all bad news; vegetable planting season is here and the magnolias were just a cover crop to prepare the bed for veggies.

Many marigolds didn't make it.

Many marigolds didn’t make it but some did, including seedlings 🙂

With so much new space on the garden, we thought about adding some ground cover that also enriches the soil.

Fresh Florida Seaweed!

Fresh Florida Seaweed!

Seaweed was our solution! It has anti-fungal properties (to help plants fight disease), it’s full of nutrients (yummy in tomato’s tummy means more yummy in our tummies), and it’s free all over our Florida beaches. You just have to brave the Florida sun for an hour or two and collect to your heart’s content. You’ll get yourself a nice tan too and a lot of Vitamin D!

Heavy bag full of seaweed.

That’s a deceptively heavy bag.

We scattered the seaweed all over the garden. It’ll be used as mulch for now. We didn’t wash the salt off of the seaweed or let it compost first. We should have placed the seaweed in a compost bin, but we don’t have one at the moment.

Seaweed being used as mulch.

Is that mulch or seaweed?

Here’s the final result. The garden doesn’t look as beautiful as it once was, but we’ve got hope, patience and perseverance.

School garden, all mulched up :)

School garden, all mulched up 🙂

We’ll mix the seaweed deep into the soil and add more layers of compost for more nutrients in the garden. Stay tuned and we’ll tell you all about it in our next post.

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