People are familiar with Epsom salts and their health benefits especially when it comes to relieving aches and pains. However, what’s less commonly known is that Epsom salts can be used in your garden as well, as a garden additive thanks to its high magnesium content.
The problem with the vegetables and fruit we buy is that they’re usually grown in soil that’s depleted of magnesium so consequently our magnesium levels are usually low and this can lead to numerous health problems. If commercial farmers used Epsom salts to enrich their soil with magnesium, something you can do for your home garden as well, they would have rich and healthy plants thanks to the high content of minerals in the salt.
How to use Epsom salts in your garden:
- Pre-Planting preparation: Soak your new plants’ roots in a mixture of one gallon water and ½ a cup of Epsom salts. Adding Epsom salts in this stage will help your plants have stronger roots and a plant that will persevere in a challenging environment. Additionally, you’ll increase your chances of growing a healthy plant.
- Planting seedlings: When you’re planting something from the seed dig a hole for your seed and add 1tbsp of Epsom salts mixed in the dirt to fill in the hole. This will stimulate chlorophyll production and will help your plant adapt to its environment better.
- Preparing your soil: When preparing your soil for planting for every 50 square feet add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt. Make sure you mix it well into the soil for best results.
- Using Epsom salts during growing season: You can add epsom salts to your water when watering your plants. Add about half a cup of the salts to a gallon of water and pour it at the base of your plants until the soil is soaked in it. Do this during the growing season.
If you use Epsom salts to nourish your plants you will ensure they are rich in this mineral and will be able to grow to their maximum.
Here are some other uses for Epsom salt in your garden:
It’s not just the magnesium content that makes Epsom salts good for your garden, here are some more reasons why you should add them to your gardening routine:
1. Helps the soil absorb more nutrients
If you enrich your soil with Epsom salts you will help it absorb the nutrients more effectively. When your plants absorb more minerals, you’ll have better produce and better tasting fruits and veggies. Plus, you’ll be saving a lot of money on expensive fertilizers.
2. Makes your fruits sweeter and juicier
As we already mentioned Epsom salts boost chlorophyll production which gives your plants more energy and you’ll have sweeter and juicier fruits.
3. Repels pests and eliminates weed
As good and beneficial Epsom salt is for your plants, pests find it irritating. So, if you have a problem with slugs and snails just sprinkle some Epsom salts and they will be running away in no time. Plus, it’s not toxic for your plants or pets.
If you have a problem with weeds you can use Epsom salt to resolve this problem as well. Just mix 2 cups of the salts with 1 cup vinegar, 1 gallon of water and a teaspoon of dish detergent. Spray this mixture to the base of the weeds and they’ll be gone in no time. Just don’t spray any of the mixture on your plants, it will kill them as well.
4. Have healthy and green plants
We need magnesium for optimal health but so do the plants. If they’re depleted of this important mineral their leaves become yellowish and light green in color and appear dull. If you add Epsom salts to their soil or water they’ll get the magnesium they need and will be more vibrant, healthier and resistant to the environmental changes. You’ll even have prettier and more colorful flowers, and more importantly disease-resistant.