Tonnes of seawaeed attracts New Plymouth gardeners to the beach

[New Zealand] Stormy weather has proved to be gardener’s best friend this week with the green fingered types flocking to a New Plymouth beach to nab some winter food for their plants.

On Tuesday tonnes of seaweed washed up on the beach at the end of Buller St, following a bout of tumultuous weather last weekend.

Brian Lonsdale, 85, said he was out for a walk along the beach when he spotted what looked like “funny sand”.

The seaweed covered metres and metres of coastline in New Plymouth on Tuesday. CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax NZ
The seaweed covered metres and metres of coastline in New Plymouth on Tuesday. CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax NZ

“It’s excellent for compost – I’ve only seen it like this once before and when I can back the next day to grab some it was gone.

So I had to get in there this time before it goes away again.”

“It’s all gone, or it will be now,” Lonsdale said on Tuesday afternoon.

Gardener Ted Burrows said in the 36 years he had lived in the area, it was the biggest dumping he had seen on the beach.

“It comes after a big storm out at sea but this is the biggest build up of seaweed I’ve seen at Boulder Bay – there’s tonnes and tonnes of it.”

It was widely known among gardeners the seaweed made a great compost to dig into your winter soil, Burrows said.

He had managed to fill a tandem trailer and others residents had got down to the beach on Tuesday to get in before it all went, he said.

 

Photo: Brian Lonsdale, 85, came across “funny sand” at the beach off Buller St, New Plymouth on Tuesday only to find it was tonnes of seaweed.

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