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algae as fertilizer for forest garden?

 
Ronaldo Montoya
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There are 2 water channels in 2 sides of my land. Each six months the locals clean the channels because it became full of algae .
A couple of weeks ago , i cleaned my channels and i put all the algae with soil next to the channels .
Yesteday i went to my land and i saw that the soil with algae next to the channels was full of life, full of worms and different types of insects.
I just google and read that algae is good fertilizer .

Is it good idea to put all the algae mixed with soil over the soil of my land?
are there any inconvenience? or should i try another technique?


thanks in advance



 
wayne fajkus
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We used to pull it out with a garden rake and add it to our garden.

 
Leila Rich
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In my experience, algae is awesome
I'd just dump it on top of the soil while it's still wet-it can get stiff and stinky really fast!
 
james Apodaca
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My county operates a storm water facility that creates oodles of algae that they scoop off with an automatic rake..
It piles it up about shoulder high over the course of the month and they spread it out to compost it.. I was so excited to see this..

Then I found out they use it at the landfill to cover garbage because packaging it and selling it is "cost prohibitive".
 
Dale Hodgins
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Starting when I was 8, I harvested big mats of algae from our farm pond to fertilize my section of the garden. My mother's section never did as well and I enjoyed pointing that out to visitors.
 
Ronaldo Montoya
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and what was the difference?


Dale Hodgins wrote:Starting when I was 8, I harvested big mats of algae from our farm pond to fertilize my section of the garden. My mother's section never did as well and I enjoyed pointing that out to visitors.
 
Dave Lodge
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Algae blooms in the channels might be a sign of pollution in the water, would be my only concern. Blooms most likely from fertilizer though.

The Algae (bacteria) process the sunlight and nutrients in the water to grow. This nutrients is locked up in their bodies and can be moved and is not water soluble. Other soil microbes, worms, and other creatures eat the algae and and then it is now moving through the soil food web.
 
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