Using Epsom Salts in the Garden
One thing I use quite often in the garden and in my potted plants is Epsom Salts.
Epsom Salts are not actually salt but a naturally occurring mineral compound of Magnesium and Sulfate. It is a wonderful fertilizer! I use a bag about every three to four weeks on my plants. That is a bag for all the plants in my yard…minus the weeds. In my experience the plants that I give the Epsom Salts to grow bigger and more lush. They flower more in a season and are generally more healthy.
The reason for this is the Magnesium and Sulfates. Magnesium plant it’s entire life. It aids in germination and helps the structure of the plant as it grows. Magnesium also helps the plant to produce Chlorophyll which the plant uses to photosynthesize. Magnesium also allows the plant to more easily absorb Phosphorus and Nitrogen. Sulfates are also key in producing Chlorophyll. The sulfates join with other minerals like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and potassium in the soil and make them more usable. Adding these two things to your soil just makes your plant’s life easier.
How to use Epsom Salts in your garden:
- I generally take the bag out and sprinkle handfuls on my soil before I water for the day.
- Another way to use them is to dissolve 2 tablespoons full into one gallon of water. This works better for houseplants and my porch plants like my edible flowers.
- You can also prep your garden with Epsom Salt before you transplant your seedlings. Use one cup per square feet and work it into the soil then transplant your plants.
- There are some plants that do not like Epsom Salts. The only one I found was Sage.
* It is always beneficial to test your soil before you add anything to it. In quick leaching soils you might need to add calcium with your Epsom Salts to prevent a calcium deficiency.
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