Pouring salt in the garden: the gardener’s trick that works every time

Epsom salt, also called magnesium sulfate, is a natural product that comes in the form of a white powder, composed of white crystals. In addition to its muscle-relaxing benefits, it is also beneficial for the garden. Discover the value of spreading Epsom salt in your garden.

Thanks to its high magnesium content, Epsom salt is very beneficial for plants. Used in the garden, but also in the orchard, it allows you to take care of your plants and keep them healthy.

What is the point of using Epsom salt in the garden?

Epsom salt is not only beneficial for the plants in your garden, but also for those in the vegetable garden.

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Epsom salt for plants
  • Epsom salt to improve nutrient absorption

Magnesium sulfate improves the ability  of cells to absorb minerals from the soil that are beneficial for  their proper growth, such as nitrogen, sulfur or phosphorus. This natural nutrient also helps plants better absorb chlorophyll, a plant pigment that makes up  plants and allows them to better capture light. And that’s not all. Epsom salt also helps strengthen plant roots and speed up plant regeneration.  As a result, plants become stronger and more vigorous. You can also use Epsom salt as a natural fertilizer, especially in soils low in sulfur and magnesium. For this, it is enough to sprinkle a cup of this natural product on each 10m 2 plot . Turn the soil well before planting or sowing your plants. Upon contact with water, Epsom salt releases sulfate and magnesium  which will then be absorbed by plants.

  • Epsom salt against parasites

Epsom salt is a natural alternative  to combat pests that attack your plants,  without using chemical pesticides. To repel gastropods like snails and snails, simply sprinkle some Epsom salt at the bottom of your plants. The magnesium sulfate crystals in Epsom salt irritate the bodies of pests that attack your plants. To eliminate insect pests, you can dilute Epsom salt in water and spray your solution on the foliage of infested plants.

Snail on the foliage of a plant.
  • Epsom salt to improve seed germination

Epsom salt is known to promote seed germination. It strengthens cell walls and provides them with enough energy for growth. As a result, young plants become more numerous and resistant. In addition to this, during the germination process, the seeds lose sulfur. Using Epsom salt  will compensate for the losses. For this, dilute one tablespoon of Epsom salt in 4 liters of water  and use this solution to water your seedlings.  You can also pour a tablespoon of Epsom salt into the bottom of each seed hole.

This trick can be used once a month on seedlings,  during the growth period.

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  • Epsom salt to improve the flavor of fruits and vegetables

Epsom salt helps make fruits sweeter by increasing the level of chlorophyll present in the cells of fruit trees.

To do this, dilute one tablespoon in 4 liters of water and apply this solution to the roots of fruit trees, but also to vines or nut trees, every month,  during the vegetative growth period.

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When it comes to vegetables, Epsom salt  is especially beneficial for tomatoes and peppers.  Since tomatoes often suffer from magnesium and calcium deficiency, it is recommended  to feed them with Epsom salt more than other plants. For this, it is enough to water them with a solution composed of water and Epsom salt every two weeks. This will give you tastier tomatoes . The same is true for peppers which should be fed Epsom salt every two weeks for  a more abundant harvest.

That said, Epsom salt is an ally for your garden and vegetable plants. In addition to nourishing them and enriching the soil with magnesium and sulfate, it eliminates parasitic insects and obtains a better quality crop.

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