We just started using Epsom salt this year, and are very impressed with the
results on tomatoes, peppers, and the lawn. Foliage is noticeably greener
and fuller, while producing the same amount of more of fruit.
We are using a hose-end sprayer (miracle-grow type), and filling it up with
Epsom salt (which dissolves easily). It is my understanding (and current
experience), that, unlike fertilizer, you can't hardly burn plants with too
much Epsom salt. Some soils are more deficient than others in magnesium or
sulfate; so I suppose it is possible to ultimately use too much in any given
Do an internet search on Epsom salt for more information. Here's one of the
better non-commercial links:
I use about a half cup per 5 gallon pail of water, and about quarter strength
of Peters 20-20-20 plant food. Then, I disolve it all up, and use a mister
(really just an old glass cleaner bottle) and spray the leaves.
I understand that foliar sprays work better if the nutrients get to the
UNDERSIDE of the leaves, so I go around the garden and get each plant
Seems to work like mad. My peppers looked like they were going to die a couple
weeks ago, and now they are ENORMOUS and lush green.
You can overdo it though--too much of a good things.
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