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This Household Product Doubles as a Low-Cost, Non-Toxic Fertilizer

By: Joe Truini

Looking for a safe, non-toxic way to keep your lawn and gardens healthy this year?

You don’t have to buy commercial fertilizers. All you need is a bag of Epsom salt, which is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium, which is used in most fertilizers, gives plants a nutritional boost.

You can buy Epsom salt at most grocery stores and pharmacies. Make sure you have 3 pounds of Epsom salt for 1,250 square feet of lawn. Just sprinkle it around the root zones of trees or mix it with the water for houseplants.

You also can grow flowers, especially roses, with Epsom salt. You’ll get much bigger blooms and much richer color!

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 9th, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Hi, Charlie!

    Here’s more information from the Epsom Salt Council:
    “Epsom Salt is recommended by Master Gardeners and used regularly by commercial growers around the world. Tests by the National Gardening Association confirm that roses fertilized with Epsom Salt grow bushier and produce more flowers, and it also makes pepper plants grow larger than those treated only with commercial fertilizer.”
    Source: https://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/gardening/expert-growers-recommend-epsom-salt-for-gardening/

    Thanks for your comment!



  • Charlie Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Epsom Salts is only good if there is a magnesium deficiency. The best way to find out if you need to fertilize is have your soil tested.

    Sorry Joe


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This Household Product Doubles as a Low-Cost, Non-Toxic Fertilizer