Epsom Salts is magic stuff and it has many uses in the bathroom and laundry and for sore muscles and joints, but what about the 'Garden'? Yes! Epsom Salts is perfect for those annoying garden problems too. Epsom Salts is just hydrated Magnesium Sulphate. It isn't a nasty chemical or poison but of course it can be if used in the wrong manner. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals of the 12 minerals. Do a PH test on the garden's soil to see what is lacking before dumping with anything.
Recently I have aquired about thirty rose bushes and I will be using Epsom Salts to bring some life to the tired look they are all sporting at the moment.
Add Epsom salt to soil to improve the absorption capability of the soil.
Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons into the soil at the bottom of each of the holes before sewing the seeds.
Yellowing is often caused by a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is essential for the production of chlorophyll (the green stuff). Spread 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts around the soil basically once a month. Mix one tablespoon of salt into three litres of water and spray directly on leaves.
Curling up leaves
Curling can be from a lack of magnesium. Mix up and spray with the above mix of Epsom salt and water.
During the growing season, tomatoes can become deficient in magnesium. Applying Epsom Salts will promote a much healthier plant with a greater yeild. Add about 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt granules in each hole before planting any seed or when transplanting seedlings.
Every couple of weeks top up with a mix of one tablespoon of Epsom Salt into 3 litres of water. Bottle and spray the plants.
Peppers and chillies
The pepper family (chillies capsicums etc) are well known to become deficient in magnesium as well like tomatoes. Do the same Epsom salt treatment as used for the tomatoes.
When planting a rose bush first soak the roots in a mix of half a cup Epsom salts to three litres of water.
Sprinkle Epsom salt in the hole prior to planting. Every four weeks during the growth period, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt per 1 foot of plant height. Place this all around the base of the rose.
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