Epsom salt, typically used in baths for sore and achy muscles, has proven itself to be more than basic. Also known as magnesium sulfate, it contains the minerals magnesium and sulfur, both found to be beneficial to plants.
In case you weren’t aware, Epsom salt is considered a BFF for many gardeners. If you’re looking to earn a green thumb, or just want to use less chemicals outdoors, check out these ways that you can use Epsom salt outside.
Epsom salt in your flower bed or garden can help keep pests like snails, slugs, or groundhogs away. Try sprinkling some around your plants, or make a spray solution with 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and 1 gallon of warm water.
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Even Bob Vila cosigned on this one. For greener grass, spread Epsom salt around your lawn with a seed spreader or by hand.
Nip weeds in the bud with a few shots of this mixture: 1 gallon of white vinegar, 2 cups Epsom salt, and ¼ cup of dish soap. Spray it directly onto the weeds; dish soap helps it to cling while the salt dehydrates the weeds. Extra tip: vinegar with 10% acidity or higher works the best.
4-Big Pepper and Tomato Yield
A favorite of pepper and tomato growers, Epsom salt can boost the size, flavor, and amount grown in the garden. Used dry, toss some at the base of the plant, 1 tablespoon for each foot of height; water immediately. Applied every 2 weeks, this foliar spray recipe will also do the trick: 1 – 2 tablespoons Epsom salt + 1 gallon of water in a spray bottle.
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