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Essential Elements

The periodic table is fascinating. To think that everything in our lives... E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G-! ... is made from combinations of just 118 different atoms – the elements. Five of them are so rare they have only been discovered in the last 20 years. No doubt there are many more yet to be found. So elements are essential to life, and yet most are poisonous in large quantities. We refer to them broadly as Trace Elements – they are needed only in trace amounts, and those trace amounts in the co...

April 17, 2019

Carbon and Carbs

Understanding soil carbon as a component in the success of your farm is very important for every farmer worldwide... it is the Primary Unifying Factor in soil health, for the main component in soil carbon is organic matter - this is what gives soil its dark brown colour and rich earthy smell. Our grandfathers knew this - they would pick up a handful of their soil, squeeze it between their fingers, break it with their thumb, then smell it to find out if everything was OK... they knew instinctivel...

February 4, 2019

Locusts - A Story of Biblical Proportions

Back in 1974 the West family made an epic journey, migrating from South Australia to Far North Queensland. There were 12 of us – 3 generations, 3 families, 3 trucks and caravans.  Brother Ashley and family led the way in his Landrover, then Mum & Dad in a large International truck, and following Edna and I and kids in our International ex-Police paddywagon, all pulling large caravans and all packed to the hilt.  From Adelaide our convoy made slow but steady progress rumbling along th...

December 31, 2018

Legumes and natural Nitrogen

Legumes are a large family of plants that includes beans and peas as well as feed crops like alfalfa and clover. Grown all over the world as food for animals and humans (who doesn't love Baked Beans!), they play an important role because of their unique nitrogen-fixing ability. It is ironic that farmers spend so much money on Nitrogen fertilisers and yet we are surrounded by Nitrogen in the air we breathe. In fact our atmosphere is 78% Nitrogen. And it's the best type - it's free! Growing legume...

October 30, 2018

Potato Rot

The humble potato doesn't seem to have the resilience and lasting qualities it once had - in fact if not eaten quickly the common supermarket potato soon breaks down into a slimy, smelly mess.Not so many years ago potatoes were stored - gradually losing moisture they would slowly shrivel and grow shoots in the sack. After months of storage they would be soft but still full of nutrition - the shoots were rubbed off and those potatoes were scrubbed or peeled for dinner. Apples as well would last f...

October 6, 2018

Love your weeds!

Weeds are just like everything else in nature, they are there for a purpose. For example, weeds with large taproots bring up nutrients from deeper layers and can grow through and loosen compacted soil. We've all seen bare areas of poor soil that will hardly grow grass, and yet weeds such as fleabane are flourishing. These weeds are nature's front line, they are first to fight in the battle to get that soil back to health. These weeds should be slashed and mulched rather than sprayed and killed. ...

August 27, 2018

The Drought

There is no doubt that in the past couple of weeks everyone in Australia has finally become aware of the severity of the drought we are facing, and how it is impacting farmers and communities in regional Australia. I have to tell you about a phone call to our dear friend Margaret. Margie and her husband are both in their 70's and manage a cattle station near Richmond. I'm sure you can imagine them - sun-hardened "salt of the earth" wonderful people. Margie is a very special person to us because ...

August 6, 2018

10 reasons we believe Seagreen is the "Best on Earth"

1. Seagreen is pure Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed. Ascophyllum nodosum is the most scientifically studied seaweed on the planet and is proven to give greatest results. Many other products contain inferior, cheaper varieties of seaweed. 2. Although it is used as a liquid Seagreen comes as granules and you simply mix it yourself. You can mix your solution to suit your situation - stronger or weaker - and add whatever you want to the mix.3. Seagreen is light because it has no water. Even large agricu...

July 22, 2018

Sugar isn't just for us sweet-tooths!

When it comes to sugar and farming I know the first thing we all think of is sugar cane. There are many of you reading this who are cane farmers, but sugar is important to every farmer.Plants use chlorophyll to trap the suns energy and the use it to produce sugar via photosynthesis. This sugar energy is either used for growth, exuded through the roots to feed the microbiome or stored within the plant.Cattle and other animals will always favour pasture that is higher in sugars. We human animals p...

July 22, 2018

9 amazing facts about Seaweed!

Here we go with 9 amazing facts about seaweed that have nothing to do with trace elements or natural growth hormones...........!...

May 21, 2018

Seagreen Seaweed is THE KEY

Seagreen Seaweed is your key... the SHORTCUT you have been looking for to growing better, healthier, bigger crops on your land without waiting for the biology of your soil to improve... crazy you say, never been told this before. Please read on and I will explain as simply as I can.Over many years you have been told that you HAVE TO ADD FERTILISER TO YOUR SOIL to grow crops, and this was fair enough once upon a time, but haven't you spent enough money on all those chemical fertilizers year after...

April 28, 2018

Seagreen's amazing natural growth hormones

Ascophyllum nodosum, the Seagreen seaweed from Norway, is rich in substances often referred to as “natural growth hormones”. These substances trigger and control particular development stages in plants, and the ways they work are incredibly interesting.Auxin is the reason that plants can react and adjust to external factors without having a nervous system. In living plants Auxin is needed at almost every stage of development to work with and regulate other hormones. Depending on the specific...

February 21, 2018

Why Norway???

We are often asked what is so special about seaweed from Norway? What about Australian seaweed? The Australian Government doesn’t allow harvesting of native seaweeds - in fact in 2012 the giant Bull Kelp forests in Tasmania were placed under protection. Australia does have a seaweed industry though, and a number of companies in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia now have special licenses to be able to gather storm cast kelp that washes up on some of our most southerly beaches. Tasmania is ...

November 28, 2017

Seagreen for healthy plants, animals, soils, people and planet!

We believe Seaweed is one of the best, most health giving products in our world.  Ascophyllum Nodosum Seaweed is the best type to use for farming and gardening as it has been proved by science in exhaustive trials to have numerous mineral trace elements, vitamins, gelling agents, sugars and natural growth promoters for plantlife in its makeup. You can personally prove the remarkable benefits of seaweed and enjoy good health by taking it yourself (available from health food shops). Seaweed ...

September 3, 2017

What makes Seagreen different?

Our 2 Seagreen products are simple, natural and pure. Both are 100% Ascophyllum nodosum, the world’s best agricultural seaweed. One is soluble granules and the meal is simply dried, chopped up seaweed. Because they are pure seaweed both can be used in many different ways... Seagreen Soluble can be sprayed onto crops, pasture, fruit trees, compost, or given to animals in their drinking water or sprayed onto their hay. Seagreen Meal can be added to soils and compost, or fed to animals in their...

August 8, 2017

Permaculture, Keyline, Biodynamics and Seagreen Seaweed

     Bill Mollison, a legend and founder of the Permaculture Movement, one of an amazing group which includes people like P.A. Yeomans and Geoff Wallace of the Keyline movement, Alex Podlinsky in Biodynamics and many others here in Australia. All these people have imparted valuable, important knowledge upon us all that often overlaps, such is their common interest in natural ecosystems.      I am fortunate and honoured to have met the last three but Bill never ...

July 24, 2017

Seaweed and the chemical problem

The need to reduce the unnatural pollutants on our farms is urgent and necessary. Whatever your opinion or belief may be, surely you must agree we are now in a world where chemicals made by man, not nature, are becoming increasingly dominant and are a problem to natural ecosystems. It has been recognised by science that such things as Nitrogen, Pesticides, Herbicides and Fungicides have over the years increased to such a point that they are damaging our planets ecosystems. Of these the insect...

November 29, 2016

Seaweed, the NBFC and cow burps.

How timely that on the same week that the National Biological Farming Conference was held in Cairns, James Cook University released their breakthrough study proving that seaweed can reduce methane produced by cattle and thus global warming. Farmers including many cattle producers from all over Australia converged on Cairns to learn how they can embrace the new age of biological food and fibre production and become part of the solution to saving the planet. Biological farming is about putting Ca...

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