My Ain Kind Dearie
DESCRIPTION: The singer returns wet and weary from gathering seaweed. She says "my ain kind dearie O, Ye row me up, ye row me doon, ye row me owre fu' cheerie O"
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: love farming nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 734, "My Ain Kind Dearie" (1 text)
NOTES [118 words]: GreigDuncan4 refers to "a note by Peter Buchan on the gathering of seaweed for manuring the land." - BS
A quick Google search finds many, many hits extolling the virtues of seaweed as a fertilizer. Few of these seemed to be anything more than the usual sort of "if it's natural, it must be good, and we expect you to pay a lot for ot" sort of business. But seaweed in fact is a useful soil additive -- not because it's really very special but because cultivated soil generally loses its nitrogen and phosphorus over time, and seaweed is a useful source of organic forms of those two essential elements. Seaweed is also a good source of potassium, which can sometimes be in short supply in soil as well. - RBW
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