Epsom Salt: 12 Incredible Uses For Gardeners That Never Crossed My Mind

Use These Tips And See How Your Garden Grows!

Epsom salt is well known for its versatility in use around the house. There’s so much you can do with it! But did you know there are also tons of ways to use it around the garden?

It’s a great source of magnesium sulfate and is pH neutral– which makes it harmless to your soil. Those who use Epsom salt in gardening often apply it to peppers, tomatoes, and roses. Especially for plants that are magnesium deficient, Epsom salt helps to produce more flowers in your garden, along with higher yields and greener plants.

Here is a list of some wonderful ways that you could use Epsom salt in your gardening!

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.

3. More Flavorful Fruit

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Epsom salt is a chlorophyll booster in plants. When plants that produce fruit have more chlorophyll, they have more energy, which means more sugar. This leads to the sweetest fruit you’ve ever tasted.

4. Prevent Transplant Shock













Transplant shock may have affected your plants in the past without you even realizing it. When moved from one location to another, plant roots often get damaged, making them wilt and die shortly after being replanted. Thankfully, Epsom salt is useful for treating transplant shock. All you have to do is sprinkle a small amount of it in the hole you are putting your plant in, add a thin layer of dirt on top, then add your plant. Of course, you can always sprinkle it on top of the soil after the fact as well.

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