Epsom Salts and other gardening or household hints

Epsom not only gives plants magnesium, but helps plants absorb nutrients. It also gets the fruiting season off to a good start and is suitable for new plantings, lawns, houseplants, seedlings and shrubs. Find epsom salts in grocery stores or drug stores...

Here are some other tips for using Epson salt in the garden:

  • Tomatoes –One tablespoon per gallon of water three or four times during the growing season. You can mix it with water OR pour it slowly around the base of the plant - tomatoes also need calcium so dry milk works well...sprinkle a mix of dry milk & crushed eggshells into the soil at the base of your plants...
  • Houseplants: 1 or 2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.
  • Roses: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Soak unplanted bushes in 1 cup of Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to each hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom Salt solution weekly to discourage pests.
  • Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron): 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.
  • Lawns: Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
  • Trees: Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply over the root zone 3 times annually.
  • Garden Startup: Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.

NOTE: Also save your coffee grounds and mix them with your potting soil or add to a compost bin. They help your plants absorb nitrogen.