Using Sea Weed as Fertiliser

The sea weed on Douglas beach is a valuable fertilizer when composted, why not store it for 12 months and then sell it as compost. If you don’t take it off the beach it will keep coming back in.  On our farm in the past, over one hundred years ago, they employed a man all year round with a horse and cart to collect the sea weed from the beach to store it for fertilizer.

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The sea weed on Douglas beach is a valuable fertilizer when composted, why not store it for 12 months and then sell it as compost. If you don’t take it off the beach it will keep coming back in.  On our farm in the past, over one hundred years ago, they employed a man all year round with a horse and cart to collect the sea weed from the beach to store it for fertilizer.

by GavinIOMGov on April 25, 2017 at 02:10PM

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  • Posted by Yukiyama April 25, 2017 at 14:42

    Yes Gavin BUT it's about cutting government spending. Government don't use really any fertiliser.
  • Posted by charlie April 25, 2017 at 20:02

    The local farmers did used to pay to have a section of beach that they could clear for seaweed, not just in Douglas but around the island. It stopped because it's a very labour intensive job to sort the seaweed from the stones, rubbish and particularly plastics, which you most certainly don't want to introduce onto your land. If you can find a cheap way of recovery it makes excellent compost for growing spuds.
  • Posted by Manneen May 04, 2017 at 07:36

    The Southern Amenity site sells compost made from the grass cuttings etc . Could it not be an extension of that function ? Port St Mary beach has its own fair share.
    The fertiliser could be sold just like the compost.
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