Kelp Fertilizer – Best Organic Fertilizer For Growth Hormones


Hi! It’s Phil from SmilingGardener.com and
today I’m talking about Kelp and specifically liquid kelp is what I use more often and any
kelp will do and they comes from the ocean and because it comes from the ocean it contains
a huge array of vitamins and minerals over 70 as well as proteins and other kind of great
substances. But the really nice thing about kelp is that
it has this natural plant growth hormone. It has mainly cytokinins and auxins and they
help plant processes in the root, and in the leaves, and in fruiting and so they’re really
useful for a plant and it’s a very – one of the reason I use it a lot is its really
very inexpensive and a little bit goes a long way. The other thing I like about it is that it
can be harvested very sustainably. It starting to be that there is some over harvesting going
on but if it’s done right you know kelp grows to be over a hundred feet sometimes
over two hundred feet long and if you just come along and chopped off the top couple
like it can grow two feet a day sometimes, just go chopped off the top, it’s very sustainable,
it renews itself really quickly. And so if you find something that’s harvested
sustainably and then process well which is more of a cold process you don’t want them
to heated up too much. You want it to be processed cold so that it retains the enzymes and the
proteins don’t get too denatured and it just – it continues to be a really live
kind of product. That’s what you’re looking for. So, I like to use it for my foliar feeding,
I like to use it to start seeds as well because of those growth hormones that when the seeds
germinates it has those hormones that really helps it to do a lot of things right away
as well as the vitamins and minerals. When a seed germinates it needs – different
seeds are different but it gonna needs certain trace minerals that acts as enzymes to help
it do certain things, kinda like a catalyst to help it get going. So I soak almost all my seeds in it not so
much my legumes like this is a scarlet runner bean I just harvested most of these as a bunch
of small guys on here now you probably can’t see them coz they’re – they’re small. Coz you wanna harvest them pretty often when
they’re growing to encourage more growth. So I don’t harvest – I don’t soak legumes
very much coz it’s not that great for them but most of the things I do soak and I do
it in a very diluted amount of liquid kelp and water so it will be like – it’ll be
like a teaspoon of kelp in a liter of water. And you don’t want more than that because
you just want that sort of one to 50 ratio and then there’s also a kelp meal or a powder
which is more like a dry fertilizer which you can use. I don’t use that as much, I
really like the liquid because liquid fertilizing is so efficient so I can put this in my sprayer
with water and spray it on to the leaves of my plants. It’s very efficient but when I did lived
by the ocean I would get a little bit of fresh kelp off the beach. I don’t what to take
too much of it because I think that’s probably – it has a very important role to play on
the beach but if you have an abundance of kelp nearby pick it up, put it right on the
garden as mulch or in the compost pile. You don’t need to wash off the salt at all,
its buffered by all of the other nutrients there and it just – it will disappear quickly
but it’s just an amazing organic, just organic matter additive to the soil and it contains
all the same things that a liquid kelp would contain. So if you wanna know more about how much to
use and how much it costs and things like that, if you’re not on the website yet I’ll
put a link of that below where you can read more about that. So that is one of my favorites that I used
all the time that’s liquid kelp.

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