Is Seaweed the Perfect Mulch for the Tea Garden?
On an island that’s 9 miles by 5, we are never short of seaweed. So why not a little experiment using it straight up as an organic mulch in the tea garden?
Our teamaker Alicia is trialling a small section of our Bouley Bay tea garden and will assess the results over the coming months.
Seaweed is a great source of nutrients and as a mulch it’s also a good soil conditioner, acting to improve the soil structure by increasing aeration and water holding capacity. It may also help deter pests and has the advantage of not introducing weed seeds to the soil while also suppressing weeds.
It’s also organic, sustainable, renewable and local, so there’s quite a lot to like! It will introduce a bit of salt to the ground but, with plenty of diluting rain, Alicia anticipates that won’t be an issue. But you never can tell, hence the trial!
We also look forward to assessing whether it impacts on the flavour of our Jersey teas.