Today people are becoming more and more concerned about using chemicals in their daily lives. In fact even farmers and gardening enthusiasts have begun to embrace “green” methods in caring for an array of plants for their growth and when protecting them from pests.
One common “green” method of treating and protecting indoor and outdoor plants is by using Epsom salt which is gentle, affordable and effective when it comes to gardening.
What Makes Epsom Salt Wonderful For Gardens?
Epsom salt is a natural mineral that contains hydrated magnesium sulfate which plays an important role in the growth of plants. This is because magnesium can sometimes lack in soil due to pH imbalance, erosion or top soil depletion.
Magnesium can help strengthen the cell walls of plants so that nutrients are absorbed well, assist in seed germination, photosynthesis and the formation of seeds and fruits in plants.
On the other hand, the inner structures of plants also require a certain percentage of sulfur to develop well. Aside from helping plants become healthy and lush, Epsom salt can also get rid of garden pests.
Soil – The salt can deter some pests and also decrease the possibility of plants being infested through the soil. If the soil is significantly low in magnesium and sulfate , it can be treated with Epsom salt. It is the nutrients such as magnesium sulfate in the soil that can provide the ultimate support against damage.
Crops – When planting rows of seeds, Epsom salt can be sprinkled over them to deter pests. If nuts, grains, cotton, fruits and other edible plants are being planted, the soil’s magnesium content must be replenished and Epsom salt can be used to achieve that.
Plants – Epsom salt can be placed around the plant’s base to prevent pests from feeding on it. A mixture of a cup of Epsom salt and five gallons of water is made and sprayed over the plants to protect them and enhance their growth, color and smell.
How Much Epsom Salt Do You Need?
When growing roses, you may want to add some Epsom salt to make the foliage lush and greener. You can mix half a cup of Epsom salt into the soil around the rose bush or dissolve half a cup of salt in water when watering the bushes, specially when the buds are just opening. If your rose bush is already mature and large, you may need several gallons of water with Epsom salt.
If you are growing fruits, peppers and tomatoes, you might notice that your plants may have signs of magnesium deficiency. To treat the deficiency, you can mix in a tablespoon of Epsom salt into the soil or mix the tablespoon of Epsom salt into a gallon of water when watering which can also keep pests away.
The great thing about Epsom salt is that it can be applied at any time you garden and it is not harmful to you and the environment. Only pests will find the salt lethal and this is to your gardening advantage.