5 Hacks for Your Organic Garden

Hack your garden with these five ideas on how to make gardening more effective and more fun.

  • Creating a bottle watering system is easy and can be quite decorative if you use a bottle with bold, attractive colors.
    Photo by Shawna Coronado
  • If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green living values right at home, you'll love paging through “101 Organic Gardening Hacks” by Shawna Coronado.
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  • Epsom salt has many uses in the garden; you can find it in grocery, drug, and hardware stores.
    Photo by Shawna Coronado
  • Here are three raised beds filled with collard greens, mustard greens, and celery utilizing the intensive planting technique. Plants share space with a minimum use of water.
    Photo by Shawna Coronado
  • Once vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and other foods have been cooked, let the water cool and use it as a supplement to your garden. Boiling water is excellent for killing weeds.
    Photo by Shawna Coronado
  • Wasp nests can be found in the smallest of places. While wasps are great pollinators in the garden, sometimes controls must be taken to manage them.
    Photo by Shawna Coronado

101 Organic Gardening Hacks, by Shawna Coronado (Cool Springs Press, 2017), has all of the top tips, tricks, and solutions. One characteristic that every hack shares is that they are completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly. The hacks in this article will help your garden grow, add some decoration by reusing glass, and protect you from wasps.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: 101 Organic Gardening Hacks

Discover The Power of Epsom Salt

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is named for the town where it was discovered: Epsom, England. This product has been used to treat ailments and fertilize plants for more than a hundred years. Applying this mineral to your garden is an inexpensive fertilizer hack that has a big impact on your plants.

Before you consider applying Epsom salt to your garden, it is important to have your soil tested to determine whether it is actually magnesium deficient. Adding too much Epsom salt to your garden is adding excessive magnesium to your beds. Therefore, test the soil first and if you do have a deficiency, Epsom salt can help correct the problem, but it won’t be adequate for very large soil deficiencies. Magnesium deficiency in plants is usually seen as leaf yellowing, leaf curling, and stunted growth. An added magnesium component allows plants to better absorb nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen. Some plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, perform better with a consistent magnesium amendment. Here are specific ways to use Epsom salt.

Soil: At the beginning of garden season, broadcast 1 cup of Epsom salt per 100 square feet of garden bed.

General foliar spray: Epsom salt works well when diluted with water and applied as a foliar spray that is taken up quickly by the plant. Mix 2 tablespoons per gallon of rainwater and apply one time per month. Drench the base of the plants with any leftover solution at the soil level.

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