posted on May 31, 2010 02:37
BENEFITS OF SEA VEGETABLES
Sea vegetables are an excellent natural resource for all gardens. Read on to find out more about why The Happy Gardener uses them in all of our organic blends.
What Are Sea Vegetables?
Sea vegetables are wild ocean plants, or marine algae, that receive nourishment from the water. They are non-toxic, non-polluting, products of nature rich in minerals and trace elements, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and at levels much higher than those found in land vegetables.
Where and How are Happy Naturals ™ Sea Vegetables Harvested?
The sea vegetables used in our line of Happy Naturals ™ are harvested from the clear, cold Northern Gulf of Maine waters. Experienced harvesters carefully gather vegetables from beds at the peak of nutrition. They are sun-dried, or low-temp air-dried, graded for quality and monitored for possible herbicide, pesticide, heavy metal and bacteriological contamination. This is all part of the organic certification process following OCIA standards for harvesting and handling wild sea vegetables.
Why are Sea Vegetables Beneficial to Gardening?
NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) are very important nutrients for plant growth. However, plants also need, and are often neglected of, beneficial micronutrients, enzymes, amino acids and cytokinins for optimal growth and health. Sea vegetables offer many advantages to the garden.
Sea Vegetable benefits include:
- increased crop yield
- higher chlorophyll levels
- improved and faster seed germination
- significant reduction in fungal, insect and nematode damage
- resistance to frost damage
- reduced plant stress due to drought and transplanting
- Sea vegetables contain more than 70 microelements;
- Sea vegetables contain 17 key amino acids that encourage stronger, lusher growth and more production in fruiting crops and increased blooms;
- Sea vegetables contain cytokinins, auxins, hormones and indoles, growth-enhancing substances, that are absorbed into plant cells to increase plant productivity and strength;
- Sea vegetables contain carbohydrates including mannitol, an excellent chelating agent. Elements are more easily available to and absorbed by plant roots in chelated form.
- Sea vegetables contain betaines, natural insect repellents
Published Research Findings with Sea Vegetable Use:
- Increased Flower Production: Roses produced 23% more blooms
- Higher Vegetable and Fruit Yields: 77% more apples, 47% more peppers, 24% more tomatoes
- Minimized Insect Damage: 89% red mite reduction, 77% leaf hopper reduction