Tuesday 27 March 2018

It’s good for the garden ….

Due to a bout of flu, today was my first visit in just over two weeks to the beach. With beautiful warm sunshine it was a joy to be out checking the tide again which incidentally was on its way in.
Occasionally while on Crescent Beach I see folks collecting seaweed for their gardens. Often they will be bundling their precious ocean booty into a small trailer or plastic storage boxes which usually fit nicely into the trunk of the car. Today I saw three lads with a truck collecting which was probably tons of the stuff.
This got me thinking about the benefits of seaweed in the garden, so with thanks to the inter-web here are six ~

1. Fertilizer ~seaweed has 60 trace minerals and ready to use nutrients including nitrogen, potassium, phosphate, and magnesium. It also contains hormones to encourage plant growth. Unlike other garden amendments, such as manure, seaweed does not need to decompose before being a benefit to your garden.

2. Acts as a mulch ~ like all mulches, seaweed helps to keep soil moist thus reducing your need to water the garden. An application of seaweed will reduce how often you need to weed. It contains no seeds that could possibly turn into weeds.

3. Pest control ~ slugs especially hate seaweed because of its sharp edges and salt. Birds and other garden pests dislike it for the same reasons.

4. Improved aeration ~ seaweed helps aerate the soil just like peat moss does, but it has the added benefit of delivering nutrients and minerals.

5. Prevents fungus and disease ~ seaweed helps you to grow strong healthy plants which will more readily resist fungus and disease.

6. It doesn’t blow away ~ unlike other compost and mulches, seaweed (especially when it is still wet) won’t blow away in a stiff wind.

 ………… Very soon, I could soon be down the beach with my wellies, a good garden fork and a means of carrying it home.

Also today I got a little sunburnt while sitting on a rock in a lovely quiet corner of George Island, I was disturbed only by the guys going out to check their lobster traps.


Friday 23 March 2018


On what has been a very mild winter for us, those in charge of it decided to give us a Nor’easter. The resulting clash of two weather systems left us with about 9” of snow.
As always the beauty after such a snowfall is absolutely stunning, but once again the camera (or is it me …?) just could not capture the true feeling of it all.
A walk in the forest revealed a number of trees which had recently fallen.


Sunday 11 March 2018

Glistening rocks and seaweed

Naturally staged by the position of the sun, the weather and the level of the tide, it seems on every wander there is always something to catch my attention.

Today with an intermittent combination of sleet and bright warm sunshine, the tide on its way in and the sun getting low, it was the glistening effect on the rocks and seaweed which caught my eye …. 

Monday 5 March 2018

Up close and awesome

With this morning’s weather headline ~ “Large waves, heavy pounding surf and higher than normal water levels will continue to impact the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia ………….” ~ it was an ideal time to go down to the beach to get up close and experience it all for myself. Such was the extent of water levels it was the first time since I have been on the South Shore, I saw no sand on either Crescent or Rissers beach.

As always, the ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy ~ awesome …………