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Seaweed protected kitchen gardens

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A strange dike runs parallel to the coast road in Ebeltoft. Built of seaweed, it probably dates back to the early 18th century. Back then, the dike protected some of the market town's vital plots of land and kitchen gardens against flooding. The dike was…

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Building materials from the sea

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Time / Periode 1700 2000
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The seaweed used for the dikes in Ebeltoft was eelgrass. It is found along the coastline in most fiords and Danish coastal waters. In the old days, eelgrass was often used for fires and building instead of straw, peat and wood. On some Danish islands, seaweed was used to the thatch roofs of half-timbered farm buildings. As on Læsø, for example. In many areas, seaweed was also mixed with the manure from domestic animals to make it go further. Seaweed was also burned so that salt could be extracted from the ashes. And seaweed was used both as mattress filling and as a tobacco substitute. Seaweed dikes are known to have been used in Drejø, Endelave and Fredericia, for example, as well as in Ebeltoft.

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