I’m using Kelp in the Garden
What most people don’t know is that most poor soils don’t lack specific mineral content. Here’s a case in point. Here on the Ozark Plateau, we are sitting on a bedrock of limestone. Our water is high in calcium deposits and yet, if you ask most people around here what plants need, they will tell you that most soil here is acidic and needs lime. They can even show documentation that indicates that their soil is lacking soluble minerals indicating acidic soil. How is that possible. It is because the plants cannot get what they needs from the minerals that are available in the soil.
I use dried kelp in my garden because it is chock full of every mineral known in the sea, and it is in a much more ready form for the micro-organisms in the soil to use. It’s not the final answer to
I’m giving kelp to my Chickens
I have given kelp to my animals for many years. When I had goats, I gave kelp to them. I currently don’t have goats, but I do give kelp to my chickens. I don’t do it all the time because right now they have access to all the greens and bugs they want. In the winter, I will supplement their food with kelp to ensure they get the nutrition that they need.
I Eat Kelp Myself
If you want a multi-nutrient supplement that is reasonably priced, kelp is one of the best answers to supplying micronutrients on a budget. I have put kelp into gel capsules and taken them like vitamin pills. Kelp
Kelp is a brown alga. There are probably around 30 varieties included under the general classification of kelp. It is a large seaweed that grows in shallow, underwater forests. Kelp needs nutrient-rich water between 43- and 57-degrees Fahrenheit. It grows rapidly and some varieties can grow over a foot and a half in 24 hours and reach heights of up to 260 feet in time.
Kelp is high in a natural form of iodine. It is also a lipase inhibitor in that it helps the body expel fat via excrement, rather than absorb large amounts. It may prevent diabetes and treat some blood disorders by preventing blood clotting. It may slow down some cancers and works as an anti-inflammatory.