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Blog posts of '2019' 'February'

Your Plants Favorite Drink

Although I am a chemist, I always felt uneasy about adding chemical fertilizers to my plants. Some of that was simply because it just doesn’t feel right. The fact is that without chemical fertilizers society could never have grown the quantity of food we need for the prices we can afford. On the other hand, we are not farmers that need to grow hundreds of acres of corn and there are real reasons why chemical fertilizers are not the best option for you, the home owner.

Usually, chemical fertilizers only contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are usually present as salts that wash away and contaminate the water. Laura Buckler states, in the on-line journal Environmental Protection: “Because the damage caused by chemical fertilizers is often long-term and cumulative, it may be wiser to consider alternative and sustainable methods of fertilizing the soil.”

Using my seaweed based fertilizer along with Liquid Mulch is one of these sustainable alternatives. This is because plants need more than just those three elements to be healthy. Both products together make an excellent and unbeatable team.


Applying Liquid Mulch

Liquid Mulch poured over the soil adds vital microbes that help plants develop healthy roots

Our seaweed based fertilizer contains a lot more than the essential three elements: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains many trace elements and plant proteins that plants need to be healthy. All these nutrients are encapsulated in the seaweed and are released, slowly over time; as the seaweed enriches the soil and let the microbes that are normally present in healthy soil thrive.

So, in addition to feeding the plant, the seaweed based fertilizer also feeds the soil and allows the microbes that the Liquid Mulch re-introduced to flourish. In turn, these microbes make it easier for the plants to absorb and use the nutrients that are in the soil. The end result is full, healthy plants that produce luscious flowers.

I like to think of it this way; we all enjoy a cold drink on a hot summer’s day along with our favorite meal. It refreshes us, helps us digest our food and makes us happy. Similarly, your plants will enjoy a fresh glass of seaweed fertilizer along with a nice coat of Liquid Mulch. This mental image was the inspiration for the packaging of the Liquid Mulch and the seaweed based fertilizer in the glass bottle. It is a refreshing drink and meal that your plants will enjoy.


Elephant Ear with Red Liquid Mulch

My elephant ear plant grew from 3 ft tall to almost 6 ft tall over the winter months

Why Liquid Mulch is Important

A few weeks ago I received a Research Article from Cornell University about, among other weed control methods, how well Liquid Mulch works and why it is important. The lead researcher was Dr. Andrew Senesac.

Andrew explained why Liquid Mulch is important this way: “Managing weeds in container nurseries can be a year-round effort. In the fall, as containers are brought into unheated hoophouses and covered with poly-film, the environment can become friendly to certain weeds. Species such as common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) and liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) can become serious weed problems in the dormant season. Growers are interested in learning of any cultural practices or non-chemical management that will do the job. To that end, we initiated a study in late 2017 to evaluate a new product called Liquid Mulch.”

Liquid Mulch on Nursery TreesTrees at a container nursery in Ontario with grey Liquid Mulch

His conclusion was: “The results of the seedling counts indicate that by the second evaluation, all of the treatments significantly reduced common groundsel establishment.” Andrew had compared the performance of the different colors and different amounts of Liquid Mulch. All of them performed the same.

In addition, Andrew noted that most of the weeds occurred where the Liquid Mulch was not present or was poorly applied.

You can read the full article on this website under the “Why Buy Liquid Mulch” Tab. The article is at the bottom of the page.

I invite you to read the entire page because it contains useful information about Liquid Mulch. I found that in my garden, flowers are more plentiful, vibrant and last longer when I use Liquid Mulch along with the seaweed fertilizer. For example, I never had any success keeping my geraniums over the winter and always had to buy new ones in the spring.

I live near Toronto in Ontario, Canada and there are very few sunlight hours during the winter. But this year is different. Not only did the geranium plants survive but they flourished and flowered!

Liquid Mulch and Seaweed for Geranium FlowersGeranium flowers in my indoor garden in the winter

Here is what I did this year. I put the Liquid Much over the soil of my potted plants and let it dry completely.  I watered the plants only when they needed it, about once a week. I watered the plants with water that contained the seaweed based fertilizer – 1 teaspoon per liter (quart) of water. They were placed on a window sill to get light but also away from cold drafts.

Next time I want to discuss the seaweed based fertilizer. Why it is effective and how to use it? In the meantime check out our seaweed based fertilizer by following this link: