posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 03:07 PM
Could it be that the demonization of fertilizer as a constituent of ANFO has caused rediculously tight controls on it? I don't know, just posing a
For noncommercial, that is, smaller sized farms and gardens, those who live near the sea have a perfect source of nicely balanced fertilizer in the
form of seaweed. When we moved here, I brought testing equipment and tested various seaweed meals. Some samples I sent to an analytical lab on
the west coast that I used to work with. All six of the types of seaweed I tested had nearly the same composition and all in the right percentages
to augment most plant growth -- even the trace elements, such as boron and molybdemum. We made our own growth solution by grinding dried seaweed
into power and then making an infusion by putting several pounds of it into a barrel of water. Even now, as I plant new crops, I dig a lot of
powdered/crumbled seaweed into the soil. Very difficult to burn roots in this way also, as can be done with ammonium nitrate.
I suppose this could be commercially produced for farmers.. I think the production and refinement of seaweed is probably the hold-up on that. We
used to rinse the seaweed to try get the crusted salt off, and no longer do that. I live in a salt environment, and those seeds and plants that
can't take it, well, I guess it's good to get the attrition out of the way prior to investing valuable water to their growth.