Kelp Meal contains a wide range of naturally occurring plant nutrients and trace minerals essential to plant growth, health, and productivity. Kelp meal features naturally occurring trace minerals that are naturally chelated and acts as a nutritional supplement which releases its nutrients as it breaks down. An excellent source of organic matter composed primarily of carbohydrates such as alginic acid and mannitol which also act as effective chelating agents for micro-nutrients and contribute to building soil structure.
The organic matter and soil conditioning properties in kelp meal are important in maintaining fertility and productivity of agricultural soils. Organic matter in the soil, and associated soil microflora, bacteria, and fungi, play an important role in soil fertility by making nutrients available for plant uptake.
Kelp meal acts as a soil conditioner by stimulating microbial activity, a process often disrupted by modern agricultural practices. The minerals released and humus colloids formed during the decomposition of kelp meal, result in the aggregation of soil particles and the retention of nutrients which might otherwise be leached from the soil.
Good soil structure provides improved aeration, water holding capacity and soil fertility, and makes soils less prone to erosion and erosive forces.
Our kelp meal comes from the waters off of Nova Scotia.
The following application rates are approximate and may vary depending on climate conditions, soil type, and soil fertility.
Field Crops: 200-400 lbs. per acre; 225-450 kg. per hectare
Row Crops: 2 lbs. per 100 feet; 1.5 kg. per 50 meters
Vegetable & Flower Gardens: 3 lbs. per 100 sq. feet; 1.5 kg. per 10 sq. meters
Trees & Flower Gardens: 1 lb. per inch of tree diameter; 200 g. per cm. of tree diameter
Turf Grasses & Lawns: 10 lbs. per 1000 sq. feet; 5 kg. per 100 sq. meters
Seedbeds: 1 lb. per 100 sq. feet; 500 g. per 10 sq. meters
Bedding Plants: 1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) per 100 sq. feet; 500 g. per sq. meter
Potting Mixes: 2-3 % of total volume of mix
Fertilizer Mixes: 5-10 % of total volume of mix
Composts: 10 lbs. per cubic yard; 6 kg. per cubic meter