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    He's the same chap that grows carrots between mares/horsetail.

    I guess I'll start rinsing my seaweed before using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    The grit is made of sand and rock salt/halite: I can't see how it would improve soil?

    Halite is sodium chloride

    Sodium chloride is a non-selective weedkiller isn't it?
    I remember hearing in the news that the thousands of tons of gritting salt washed onto the verges over the previous 2 winters had killed, or could kill, trees and vegetation next to roads
    Sodium Chloride is salt. Sodium Chlorate is the weedkiller. Having said that, too much salt will also kill plants.

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    ^ did you click on my link Rusty? It def. says chloride
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    They've got it wrong I'm afraid. Sodium chlorate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sodium chlorate is now banned for use as a weedkiller, and if you click on your link you will find that the product advertised is an alternative chemical(s). Sodium chloride is salt (I passed my Chemistry O Level many moons ago). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_chloride
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    ^ I did wonder if it was wrong, because elsewhere I'd found the chlorate mentioned, as you say. I bow to your superior chemistry education (I spent the whole time at the back of the class reading Smash Hits)
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    So.....do I need to rinse the salt off or not?
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    Well I would, just because I wouldn't water my plants with salty water ...
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    I definitely soak my seaweed to get rid of the sand/salt - if I was sure it was just sand I wouldn't mind but don't want to take the risk. We have a very windy beach and the seaweed is covered with sand by the time I harvest it. I then compost it. I like the idea of filling a plastic bottle with seaweed for a feed Two Sheds. Can you do the same with nettles and comfrey?

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