Epsom salt, which is actually magnesium sulfate, is a pure and time-tested mineral compound with a number of uses.
It’s been gaining legions of fans over centuries due to its properties that make it a natural alternative to pricier over-the-counter recipes and remedies used in health, beauty and crafts. But what many people don’t know is that it can also be used in organic gardening. And it’s almost impossible to use too much of it.
This article showcases ten of the best ways to use Epsom salt in your garden.
1. Enhance Germination.
Adding Epsom salt to the soil right when doing your planting will provide a great boost. Magnesium supports cell walls and this improves the seedling’s strength. Add 1 cup of salt for every 100 square feet of tilled soil or mix 1-2 tablespoons right into the soil at the base of each hole before planting seeds.
2. Increase The Taking Up Of Nutrients.
Most people use chemical fertilizers to up the magnesium in the soil so as to allow it to absorb vital nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur. And that is understandable. But with Epsom salt in the mix, there is no longer a need for adding the off-the-counter fertilizers. It will enhance absorption naturally.
3. Reduces Transplant Shock.
We all know how plants and seedlings generally wilt when we switch them from one pot to another, indoors to outdoors, or even greenhouse to outside soil. What you can do to avoid this is to add Epsom salt into the holes and add a layer of soil on top to help the injured roots get through the shock.
4. Counter Yellowing Foliage.
Magnesium is an essential component in the making of chlorophyll so when there is a deficiency of it, leaves begin to yellow. You can avoid this by sprinkling Epsom salt around your plants. Try 1 tablespoon per 12 inches of height once a month to counter and correct any yellowing foliage in your vegetable garden.
5. Counter And Prevent The Curling Of Leaves.
When there’s magnesium deficiency in your plants, another thing you will begin to see is leaf curling. And that’s where Epsom salt comes in. Add some of it to the base of your plant or you could mix 2 tablespoons of it to a gallon of water and apply that mixture directly to the leaves.
6. Keep Off Garden Pests.
Though it won’t keep off slugs and snails like normal salt does, Epsom salt can still deter other pests from your plants. It does this due to its sharp crystals which scratch the pests’ bodies. But you need to remember one thing: Epsom salt is very soluble so that means rainwater will easily wash it off.
7. Gives Sweeter Fruits.
As mentioned already, Epsom salt is known to boost the production of chlorophyll in plants and this means increased energy levels, which then translates to more sugar. More sugar then allows the plant to give higher yields and believe or not, sweeter fruits. Apply it to fruit trees, nut trees, bushes, and vines.
8. Gives Tasty Tomatoes.
Tomato vines have a fruit to plant ratio that is heavier than any other normal garden plant and this translates to a higher likelihood of magnesium deficiency. Therefore, they need to be fed Epsom salt twice as often as other plants. Water them with a gallon of water with 2 tablespoons of dissolved Epsom salt every fortnight.
9. Increased Pepper Harvest.
Apart from tomatoes, peppers are the other garden plant with a higher than average fruit to plant ratio. This makes them similarly prone to magnesium deficiency. So a magnesium infusion every so often means that they will achieve higher yields. Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to every foot of height on your pepper plants once a week.
10. Fuller Rose Bushes.
If your neighbors’ rose bushes are more bountiful than yours, their trick might be Epsom salt. Magnesium is known to help in the growth of larger blossoms and new canes in greater numbers. Feed rose bushes with Epsom salt at the time of planting, at the sign of new growth and then again when flowers bloom.
Source: Natural Living Ideas