Lakshmi G Sardesai
Did you know Goa's more than 100 km coastline has an abundance of seaweed (known as sargassum).
Using seaweed in dried form helps in preserving the life and nutrients of fertilizer.
Once out of the water, the seaweed is dried for around a week to get the best form of dried fertilizer.
Seaweed is rich in micronutrients which makes it an incredible fertilizer. 'Seaweed tea' fertilizer is made by soaking the seaweed in a bucket of water for at least 4 weeks.
The seaweed fertilizer can be diluted and used to water outdoor and indoor plants.
In its dried form, it can be mixed into the soil in a powdered form.
In coastal Goa, farmers and gardeners have great potential to use seaweed fertilizer to enhance soil quality.
Seaweed can also be used as mulch to help the soil surface to retain moisture and stay cool for a longer time.
Goa has more than 120 species of this womder plant that is edible, and it is also helpful in fighting climate change due to its carbon-absorption property.