Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Monday, February 21, 2011

SeaWeed Fertiliser Tutorial

Today I made my own SeaWeed Fertiliser....which I can harvest any time without the smell....


You will need the following

1 bucket with a tap and large lid
1 tap for the bucket
1 mesh bag (I used a recycled mesh bag from oranges)
SeaWeed (better freshly gathered that day)
Wire -length about 20 cm  (i used an old piece of clothesline)
1 cork to be placed in hole on lid....to replenish water supply (without smelling the seaweed.)

1. Hang seaweed above lawn, and hose down to rinse off sand.
2. Gather together other items....Bucket, lid, tap, mesh bag.
3. Insert tap into bucket.
4. Tighten tap with a shifter,  make sure tap is facing down.

5. Using a drill, drill 2 small holes in the lid of the bucket. The holes need to fit the diameter of your wire.
6. Remove cardboard top from the mesh bag and tie it in a knot..It is stitched, but I think the cotton will rot rather quickly.
7. Check for leaks. Adjust tap if you have a leak. Tap tap may be used on the taps thread in rare cases of it being too slack to make a seal.

 8. Fill mesh bag with seaweed.
9. Leave enough room to tie a knot at the top of the mesh bag. Thread the wire through the top of the mesh bag.
10. Insert seaweed bag into the bucket to measure depth before tying off with wire. I prefered not to have mine touching the bottom of the bucket, so not to interfere with the tap.
11. Tie off the wire with a twist or two.
12. You will need a hole saw attachment for a drill next to make a hole in the top of the bucket, I did this so I don't have to remove the lid to top up the water in the bucket...I don't want to stir it up and smell it; would you? 

13. Remove all but the smallest hole saw.
14 Attach hole saw to drill.
15. Drill a hole in the side of the top of the bucket. You will need to turn it over and clip the inside with snips. This is the hole that needs a cork. I still have to get mine. 

Here is where I have sat my bucket...You can see that the SeaWeed is already steeping in the water, as I dispensed some to show you....Oh make a little bucket to hang under the tap.
I am thinking that I will half my little bucket and pour this into the watering can and top with water.....then water the garden with that....I will have to check on how often to use a seaweed fertiliser though....but for now, its steeping in the sun....next to my outdoor sink.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, if you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate .....

Another fertiliser I use is my Bokashi Tea...see this at .....


  1. great tutorial Narelle, well done. My plants love it when I make mine.

  2. Living only a few metres from the sea you would think I would make this, well I am now. This is going to be my project for next week. Thanks so much

  3. A seed is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat.The article is presented here is very informative and most important. Thanks for sharing the information
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