Everyone knows Epsom salt is highly effective as a home remedy, but did you know that it's also perfect for improving your garden? That's right, magnesium sulfate, which we all know as Epsom salt, is like a Swiss Army knife for gardeners. From making plants greener to keeping unwanted pests at bay, Epsom salt is what every gardener needs to keep their garden in great shape.
Before you walk outside and start sprinkling Epsom salt on every plant in sight, though, make sure you read our list of the top 12 ways Epsom salt can be used around the garden. While certainly beneficial, Epsom salt should be used with care, and it's important to understand how it works.
1. Hearty Nightshades
Plants belonging to the nightshade family are some of the most popular to grow. These include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Nightshades require a lot of magnesium, which can be found in Epsom salt. Simply sprinkle one tablespoon around the base of each plant. Alternatively, you can water your plants with a mixture of one tablespoon Epsom salt in one gallon of water.
2. Get Rid Of Pests
Before you even see them coming, garden pests can wreak havoc on your precious plants. While it won't kill slugs and snails like regular table salt, Epsom salt still irritates most common pests - deterring them from coming any closer to your garden. It's important to note that since Epsom salt is water soluble, it must be reapplied regularly.
3. More Flavorful Fruit
Epsom salt is a chlorophyll booster in plants. When plants that produce fruit have more chlorophyll, they have more energy, which means more sugar. This leads to the sweetest fruit you've ever tasted.
4. Prevent Transplant Shock
Transplant shock may have affected your plants in the past without you even realizing it. When moved from one location to another, plant roots often get damaged, making them wilt and die shortly after being replanted. Thankfully, Epsom salt is useful for treating transplant shock. All you have to do is sprinkle a small amount of it in the hole you are putting your plant in, add a thin layer of dirt on top, then add your plant. Of course, you can always sprinkle it on top of the soil after the fact as well.
5. Greener Leaves
A garden is only as good as it is green. To make sure your leaves are as green as possible, nourish them with a bit of Epsom salt. A little goes a long way, so only feed them once a month with one tablespoon per 12 inches. For example, if your plant is 24 inches tall/long, use two tablespoons every month, and so on.
6. Wave Goodbye To Weeds
While not nearly as bad as pests, weeds are still a major headache for gardeners. To make a DIY weed killer, simply mix a few handfuls of Epsom salt with a gallon of vinegar and a few squirts of dish soap. Spray this mixture generously on any weeds you spy popping up in your garden.
7. Fertilize Your Lawn
Thick, green grass is a luxury we often take for granted. Stores offer a wide variety of fertilizers, but the best one might be plain old Epsom salt. For every 1,250 square feet of grass, spread roughly three pounds of Epsom salt, then water your entire lawn.
8. Remove Stumps
Stump removal has been known to stump even the most experienced gardeners. To remove your unsightly stumps with ease, drill several holes into the base and fill them with Epsom salt. After a few weeks, you'll notice it starting to rot, making it much easier to remove.
9. Vibrant Roses
Roses are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, which explains why they're so tough to grow. Add some Epsom salt to your rose bushes and they'll grow flowers with deeper colors. For best results, add Epsom salt when you plant the bushes as well as when they begin to bloom.
10. Remove Splinters
If you spend enough time working outside, getting a splinter is inevitable. Combine two tablespoons of Epsom salt with water and soak the affected area in the mixture. After a little while, the splinter will probably fall out on its own.
11. Boost Nutrient Intake
Epsom salt makes such a great fertilizer because it aids the plant in absorbing other nutrients. Add a sprinkle to any plant in your garden to boost its nutrient intake.
12. Fantastic Ferns
Ferns might seem like they're impossible to mess up, but a little bit of Epsom salt will give you the strongest and darkest ferns you've ever seen.
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H/T: DIY Everywhere