5 Hacks for Your Organic Garden

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

| January 2018

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.

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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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