Jason Hernandez wrote:Along the shorelines, I often find turtle grass washed up; if a storm system churns up the ocean over the Sargasso Sea, I tend to find piles of sargassum weed two or three days afterward.
Now, in theory, every rainy season, our soils lose minerals to the sea, right? Rains dissolve soil minerals and wash them out. The rivers on the North Coast are very flashy, i.e. they become raging torrents after rain, and during those times, are generally the color of a latte, from the suspended sediments. So bringing marine vegetation back up to the ridge top should help to restore the soil minerals, if done on a large enough scale. My worry was that this might expose the plants to too much salt; but on the small scale I have been able to experiment with this, I find no evidence of damage.
I do wonder whether the turtle grass, from inshore waters, has a different trace mineral content than the sargassum, from far out at sea? More importantly, I wonder how much of this marine vegetation I need to make a difference in soil mineral content, and how much is too much? I really don't know any way of testing this.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:That would be very close to ideal Priscilla.
Sea salt can be used as a solid or as a solution, doesn't really matter to the plants if they are watered with it or if it slowly leaches into the soil.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:No, you want to put it at the outer ring of roots (drip zone) but since that is hard to figure out with the palms, I'd make sure it was at least 8 inches from the trunk.
You want to sprinkle it around, not end up with a pile. I use sea-90, a non-purified sea salt from the sea of cortez and I put it around all my trees at the start of each season, since all my trees are apple, pear, peach, mulberry and plum, I have an easy drip line to follow.
If you looked around any of my trees you would think I just sprinkled salt on a batch of French fries, it is that thinly applied.
If you use the sea salt to make "sea water" just water in with a gallon per tree, all around the tree is how you want to use it.
You can apply sea water at a rate of something like 1 gallon per square foot with no issues.
Sea Salt is not even close to "table salt" (NaCl), many of the salts in sea salt are going to be non chloride salts.
Which means less chance of nasty things happening to your soil, the salinity doesn't go up much if at all with the small amounts we want to use for plant health and food flavor.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:We are talking about adding minerals that are not found in any soils, anywhere on the planet, so yes the minerals in sea salts are going to be good for any tree and for any vegetable crop as well, it will increase the flavonoids in all fruits and vegetables and who doesn't want more flavor from their foods?
Oh and it also increases the nutritional values for them all too, which makes you healthier and better able to fend off any illness or disease.