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Help Your Garden with Epsom Salt

Epsom salt isn't salt at all. It's actually magnesium sulfate, which can be added to your gardens, allowing plants to get more nutrition from the soil and fertilizer. This is why many fertilizers contain magnesium. Here are six of the many ways epsom salt can improve your garden:

Plants in the nightshade family—tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes—need magnesium to produce greater yields and more flavorful fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt around the base of your plants. Or, mix the salt with a gallon of water and water the plants with the mixture. Repeat every two weeks.

By adding Epsom salt to trees, bushes, and vines that produce fruits, you help boost the chlorophyll inside the plant, therefore increasing its sugar production.

Is your lawn looking dull? Add 3 pounds of Epsom salt for every 1,250 square feet of grass and then watering your lawn.

Want gorgeous roses? Sprinkle Epsom salt at the time of planting and when the flowers are in bloom. The salt encourages the rose bushes to produce larger flowers with deeper colors.

If the leaves on your plants are turning yellow, they might not be getting enough magnesium. Give plants 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt for every 12 inches of height, once per month.

Are your ferns looking a little listless? Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt with 1 gallon of water and spray onto the ferns and similar plants, such as elephant ears. The result: rich, dark foliage.

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