I had read that Epsom Salt can be used in the garden, but I was surprised to discover that there are twelve different ways it can be applied to achieve almost magical results. Even if some of the claimed benefits are slightly exaggerated it is clear that this is a product that every gardener should keep in their shed. The twelve ways to use Epsom Salt in the garden are described by Jake Brannon in his article which I found on the Wimp website.

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

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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.

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  1. You say there are 12 uses. Most times when you have to go page to page, I get maybe 4 or so. It would be nice to just scroll down all of them on one page

  2. The second page says to water some down and use on fruits that are growing. It makes them produce more sugar. And then says it also helps prevent transplant shock. The rest of the twelve does not come up at all on my computer.

  3. If you open it in your browser— (three little dots on bottom right hand corner on my iPhone—might look different on other devices, but the choice is always there)—there is a ‘Reader View’ (upper left hand corner of article on your browser.) ‘ReaderView’ has *no* ads.

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