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Old 04-11-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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My best potatoes grow in nothing but a pile of seaweed. I have tons of reds and blues I'll trade for some of those yukons. I got greedy and ate too many this winter!
Okay, I have to ask, how do you grow potatoes in seaweed, is it kind of like the straw method?
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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The winter storms bring in tons of pop weed and deposit it at the high tide mark. I just pile it up where the tide can't reach, shove the seed potatoes in the middle of the pile and ignore it 'til September. Then I go get my spuds. I discovered this when I had more seed than dirt and thought 'what the heck, try it.' I got more potatoes from the seaweed pile than the dirt so now I save my dirt for carrots.
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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The winter storms bring in tons of pop weed and deposit it at the high tide mark. I just pile it up where the tide can't reach, shove the seed potatoes in the middle of the pile and ignore it 'til September. Then I go get my spuds. I discovered this when I had more seed than dirt and thought 'what the heck, try it.' I got more potatoes from the seaweed pile than the dirt so now I save my dirt for carrots.
LOL.. guess I can maybe go collect the seaweed, since on high ground here and rocky...and mix it in with whatever and water well if need to...if different from last year...Thank you as I think I will try that...
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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The winter storms bring in tons of pop weed and deposit it at the high tide mark. I just pile it up where the tide can't reach, shove the seed potatoes in the middle of the pile and ignore it 'til September. Then I go get my spuds. I discovered this when I had more seed than dirt and thought 'what the heck, try it.' I got more potatoes from the seaweed pile than the dirt so now I save my dirt for carrots.
well yeaaby...pre-salted grown potatoes!!!
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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well yeaaby...pre-salted grown potatoes!!!
I will take pre-salted...many more nutrients in seaweed that salt, and seaweed is harvested for cooking purposes. Most fresh-cooking of seafood/shellfish has seaweed involved, and I believe kelp is a nutritional supplement
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Yeah, kelp is a wonderful nutritional supplement. It has natural iodine in it and is strengthening for the thyroid. It makes the best fertilizer in the world. I take the pick-up right down on the beach and fill it completely up, put about 6" all over my redneck boat yard garden , let the rain wash the salt through, then cover it with black plastic so it can cook 'til planting time. It's all I use besides my kitchen compost for fertilizer. Great stuff!!

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/GrammasCabin/Grammas%20Cabin/100_3400.jpg (broken link)



http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/GrammasCabin/Grammas%20Cabin/100_3400.jpg (broken link)
I clip plastic over the pvc pipes to make a greenhouse when it's rainy & cool.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/GrammasCabin/Grammas%20Cabin/100_1465.jpg (broken link)
I grew food for the soul one year but we need food for the tummy so I concentrate on viggies now.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g256/GrammasCabin/Grammas%20Cabin/Picture333.jpg (broken link)
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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That first photo kept duplicating, I couldn't delete one & finally gave up.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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That first photo kept duplicating, I couldn't delete one & finally gave up.
That's my kind of garden, I am not too into fussy little rows...Do you have any problems with moose or deer getting into it down there?
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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The deer love to munch the new strawberry leaves. They're so darn cute and tame I just sit on the porch swing with my coffee and watch them. I'm trying to get raspberries established on the water side and I pitch a fit when they get into those. They don't bother anything else tho - so far. The plastic cover is usually over the big skiff and that keeps them out of there. We don't often get moose in the yard, only been a couple times over the last 8 years in winter.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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WOW Grammascabin, what gardens you have!!! your are truly an inspiration!!
In planning our home and greenhouse/garden already, I had planned on using seaweed for part of my soil mixture but had not even entertained the idea of unique containers for a garden!! and here I was thinking formal structure greenhouse....big $$ and you have just not only simplified it but given great beauty to the yard at the same time!!! the wheels of ideas are turning now....have to wait 'til we get up there and see what is available for unique gardening containers!!!
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