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Old 04-09-2014, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The results of cast netting last night yielded, when dried, 3/4 of a plastic shopping bag. It's been rinsed and is in the compost bin. Would it be worthwhile taking a rake down along with a wheelbarrow to harvest more? Would it be a good addition as is for bananas? Or is it just a good ingredient for making "dirt"? This is the Indian River and brackish but do I really have to rinse it off? BTW, it turns out the river stinks because of rotting seaweed so my acquiring a bit more would have no ecological impact. And when the wind is right it would still smell like someone's sewer overflowed. Hehe! Welcome to expensive riverfront property in FL!
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Yes to all or one of my queries? I'm most concerned about the rinsing aspect; I've admitted more than once being very lazy so that's a step I'd love to skip if possible.
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I rinse it just for GP.. :^)
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Rinise it, until it no longer taste salty.
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Where's my Royal taste tester? I am allowing it to dry completely then soaking it under running water (overflow goes down the street back to river). I hope that's enough because I seriously don't want to put this in my mouth.
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Where's my Royal taste tester? I am allowing it to dry completely then soaking it under running water (overflow goes down the street back to river). I hope that's enough because I seriously don't want to put this in my mouth.
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I thought seaweed was safe for humans to eat.
My sushi is always wrapped in the stuff.
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My sushi is always wrapped in the stuff.
This is not sushi grade at all. I suspect it's safe. You go first, okay?
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Okay, on both sides of the front of the deck where, because it's the innermost/closest to the shore where the quite dead seawood congregates, is a bunch of stench., I could harvest a truckload quite easily but Mr. "I know everything about gardening and you're an idiot" (daily at least 3x for anything I say or do) tells me that raking up the stench, rinsing it off and adding to a compost pile would only add "browns". Is he right? It's obviously dying if not dead but I think it still has some goodies to contribute.Tell me I'm stupid; I'm used to that along with not being allowed to use the washing machine. But I really am trying to understand greens/browns in gardening area I don't know.
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Are you sure it's seaweed in the river? It might be algae. As long as it isn't one of the toxic types, you should be fine. Definitely loaded with nutrients!
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Are you sure it's seaweed in the river? It might be algae. As long as it isn't one of the toxic types, you should be fine. Definitely loaded with nutrients!
It's definitely not algae--just very smelly seaweed.
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Define smelly? Is it as bad as a rotting Banana Corm? lol :^)
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I haven't smelled one of those yet but I thought someone's--wait--make that everyone's septic tanks had blown up the 1st time I caught a whiff. Surely there must be laws, right? I was skeptical when told it was seaweed until I spoke with a woman who works at the waste water plant in Rockledge. Before obtaining her position with them, she also assumed it was septic overflowing into the river. It's not though the stench is similar.
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I haven't smelled one of those yet but I thought someone's--wait--make that everyone's septic tanks had blown up the 1st time I caught a whiff. Surely there must be laws, right? I was skeptical when told it was seaweed until I spoke with a woman who works at the waste water plant in Rockledge. Before obtaining her position with them, she also assumed it was septic overflowing into the river. It's not though the stench is similar.
Rocklege is real close to me, like 45 min or less.
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Mike, I have 3 of your pups in pots awaiting a real home--alas 1 didn't survive. I saw your CL listing while in Jville and sent Bill and his buddy, Joe to Palm Bay. They dug for "hours" then complained about how hot it was for weeks after. Sheesh! This is Florida, right? I hope you have another "free dig" when I'm ready; I would love to see your plants.
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Hahah! I think I remeber them.

Free dig, YES But only Apple (Manzano), Orinico, Ice Cream/NamWa and Paying Hands.

One of the Apple (Manzano) Matts is finally down to just BIG hungs of corm with no plants of it. There is one I was going to dig and toss out this weekend that seems to be about 2' x 2'.

Some areas are SO overgrown that when ever I walk by them I have snakes scaring me all the time.

I should Def post on CL again for this spring. Only problem is I mostly have BIG! Plants/corms right now.
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Free dig, YES But only Apple (Manzano), Orinico, Ice Cream/NamWa and Paying Hands.

One of the Apple (Manzano) Matts is finally down to just BIG hungs of corm with no plants of it. There is one I was going to dig and toss out this weekend that seems to be about 2' x 2'.

Some areas are SO overgrown that when ever I walk by them I have snakes scaring me all the time.

I should Def post on CL again for this spring. Only problem is I mostly have BIG! Plants/corms right now.
You should remember them; I'll bet they complained to you also! I so wish I was ready for a visit; I've been sweating bullets putting in other people's gardens. (Gotta keep your skills honed, right?) Digging something for me would be icing on the cake! And meeting another member would be the cherry on the sundae! (I am slowly collecting FL plants--mostly ornamentals--and I grow some great heirloom tomatoes if you're interested then.)

Just reread--don't toss the Apple or anything yet. Joe's wife, Rose, asked me to invite her for a RT next time we went somewhere; they have oodles of space for BIG plants and will keep some or pups for me. Before you decide to dig and compost, PM me and I'll see if I can put together a team with shovels. (The men will probably cuss a bunch as usual and Rose might also but I'll just smile and sweat, k?)
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i use seaweed out out of the ocean all the time i just rinse a little (not really a lot of salt) then mulch with it. i Get a mix of green and brown but mostly brown because it has already lost most of the water in it all my trees love it. i also have a trash can i fill up with seaweed and water and let the seaweed "melt" making a killer soil drench.

Speaking of the smell its strong here in the keys, growing up down here i didn't realize that it was as bad as it is untill i moved away for a few years lol.
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