Epsom Salt Helps Plants Grow

epsom saltEpsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate and contains key nutrients for plants and vegetables. It helps seeds germinate, makes plants grow bushier,produces more flowers, increases chlorophyll production and deters pests, such as slugs and voles. While it is not intended to replace your regular fertilizer, it will provide vital nutrients to supplement your regular fertilizer.

Following tips are useful for using Epson salt to grow the plants:

  • Garden Startup: Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.
  • Peppers: Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt with a gallon of water and apply as a foliar spray at bloom time, then again 10 days later.
  • Tomatoes: Add 1 tablespoon diluted in water per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks.
  • Houseplants: 2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.
  • Roses: Add 1 tablespoon diluted in a gallon of water per foot of plant height every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at         base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Before planting, soak bushes in 1/2 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 (1 Tbsp per gallon of water) to help discourage pests.
  • Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron): Add 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet by diluting in water. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.
  • Lawns: Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a  , or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
  • Trees: Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet by diluting in water. Apply over the root zone three times annually.
  • Sage: Do not apply! This herb is one of the few plants that doesn’t like Epsom salt.

Although magnesium and sulfur occur naturally in soil, they can be depleted by various conditions, including heavy agricultural use. Unlike most commercial fertilizers, which build up in the soil over time, Epsom alt is not persistent so you can’t overuse it.

“Magnesium and sulfur are building blocks for plants,” said Hill, the Epsom Salt Council’s president. “We think you’ll see a real difference.”

Growing Fruits and Vegetables Up On Trellis

trellisGardeners now need to share the responsibility to grow vegetables with optimum nutrients in their gardens. They should prefer growing the biggest, fastest-maturing fruits and vegetables on the planet. At the same time they also need to deal with dilute natural fertilizers, and pay attention to taking good care of the soil. That is the real mantra for producing high quality fruits and vegetables.

In order to maximize your food production from a small lot or even a balcony you need to grow “up.” That means we must erect a trellis of some kind. You could set poles, bamboo, conduit pipes, PVC or even rebar, in containers, and tie up string trellises.

String trellises could easily be bought from the garden centers, but it adds up cost when in use for years altogether. Read the rest of this entry

In April Plants Need Nutritional Support

In April, it is time to fertilize. The plants are waking up quickly and nutritional support is critical at this stage.

The lawns should be supplemented with carefully selected “Lawn Fertilizer”, organically based for a slow-release.

The bulbs will be finishing with their blooming, it is time for the leaves to re-charge the bulbs for next year – they need fertilizer. You may use specific “Bulb Food” which is organically based from fish bones, so it is very high in calcium and lasts 2 months per application. Alternatively you may also use the “Bulb Food” which is organically based and lasts 1 month per application.

Trees & Shrubs need fertilizer to build all the leaves, roots and woody branches. If the soil is quite alkaline you need to lower the pH of the soil . You may use 5% sulfur to lower the pH and provide organically based major and minor nutrients. Once in the early spring and once in the late fall is all they need. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Keep Your Houseplants Alive

It is not too tough to keep a houseplant alive if you take a little care of the plant.Making a plant thrive is easy if you follow these simple tips ;

The worst enemy of any houseplant is too much water.

You must apply the Moss’ trick: Dip a finger into the soil up to the first knuckle joint, and if the tip of your finger is wet when you pull it out, then there’s no need to water.

Give your plant a fighting chance, select one that matches your habits.

Be honest with yourself — are you really going to remember to water it? If not, stick with a succulent variety, such as cactus or aloe, which can go weeks without attention. Read the rest of this entry

There are many positive sides of crop rotation. Rotating crops among the beds of a backyard garden is actually an important and interesting practice, and also one that we needed to adopt in our garden.

 Disease Control

Many diseases and pests tend to affect plants of the same types. Rotating crops reduces the likelihood of diseases which can remain in the soil. For example, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes are in the Solanaceae family and have similar susceptibility to diseases. If a gardener wants to rotate crops, any of the plants in this family should not be planted where other members were grown in the previous season. Read the rest of this entry

Innovative Edible Gardening With Containers

A gardener establishes a direct link with the mother earth when it strats with eating straight from the garden or container.The fresh taste is so incredible that once you’ve eaten peas or strawberries that you’ve grown, you’ll wait eagerly for the next season to come so they can ripen again.

Unfortunately, there are many stereotypes about edible gardening that scare many people away before they begin. But it is always better to pull an old pot out of the shed and plant some herbs, lettuce or tomatoes to enjoy this summer.

For many, vegetable gardening conjures images of long, straight rows of potatoes, beans and cabbages scorching under the July sun. Countless hours are spent labouring in the fields weeding, tilling, staking, plowing, panting and toiling. When everything matures at once, countless more hours are spent picking, preserving, plowing, panting and toiling. It sounds exhausting! Read the rest of this entry

Growing your own vegetables is now immensely popular gardening activity. There are several methods and techniques to grow vegetables, even if limited to a small gardening area.

Irrespective of the space, when growing vegetables, the sunlight needs to be enough and sufficient. By and large about six hours of sunlight as a minimum would be the optimum requirement.

Leafy vegetables will still produce in the partial shade, including lettuce, chard, spinach, mustard greens and cabbage. Root crops, such as radishes and carrots, and fruit crops, such as tomatoes and peppers, will produce much less as sun turns to shade. Read the rest of this entry

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