I've been researching sugar and Epsom Salts and I've come up with some positive explanations on how these two items help plants grow stronger.
According to what I've read sugar doesn't really feed the plant itself. It feeds the micro-organisms that live around the roots of the plant. It's these organisms that break down nutrients making it easier for the plant to absorb them.
Epsom Salts contain hydrated magnesium sulfate which are necessary for plant growth. Magnesium helps strengthen the plant's cell walls which aids in drawing up nutrients from the soil.
Since neither of these items are harmful I'm going to try them in my garden this year - both vegetables and flowers and will report back any outstanding results!
Does anyone know about these two common substances and how they might work on the garden?
Best wishes, Linda
Commented 6 days ago
I always put about a teaspoon of Epson Salt and about a half teaspoon of bone meal in the
bottom of the holes I dig for my tomato plants. I mix it real good with the soil in the bottom then plant the tomato. I have not tried it in spray form, but may try it this year. It makes the stalks grow stronger and I always have plenty of tomatoes. Another tip....I always pinch out the suckers that come up at the leaves so the plant will be one main stalk. I also pinch off all but 2-3 of the blooms, which results in larger tomatoes because you don't have so many fighting for the nutrients.
Ok, for those who wanted an answer to my post about drink cups in a garden....well this morning I saw someone out in the garden that was using them. so I walked down to chat. Had a
little communication problem but found my answer. And as some of us suspected he was using them to shade the plant from the hot sun. Didn't however find out if he punched holes in the cups to let the heat out since they stayed on for a couple of weeks. May use his method on some of my new plants next week since they are predicting frost around N. Ga. Growing up we used to make little tents from newspaper or catalog pages, weight them down on the corners with dirt so they wouldn't blow away.
Commented on Apr 22, 2012
I aslo used the drink cups tonight to cover my tender okra plants and other tender plants that
just broke the ground. I poked several holes around the sides then weighed them down with small rocks i had picked out of the garden
Now that my asparagus is up and growing, do I need to pick the seeds off or let them fall? Think I read somewhere...can't find it again...they need to be picked to avoid them sprouting all over the bed.
Commented on Apr 07, 2012
My asparagus is the Jersey Giant which is why I was surprised to see seeds.
I have my raised asparagus bed laid our and sides already staked in. Because the area has never been tilled, we sprayed it twice with extra strength Roundup to kill the wild onions and
bermuda grass. Today I tilled it, then raked to get as much of the bermuda grass out as possible, but there has to be millions of spikes still in the dirt. Now how do I get rid of all of them before tilling in the leaves and sand I plan to add to the existing dirt.
Commented on Feb 01, 2012
Thanks for all the suggestions, especially the one about the water weeder. I see I may have a
long road ahead to clear all the bermuda grass. I grew up on a farm and know the evasiveness of it very well. I am going to spray the ground one more time before I add the amendments, then go from there.