Garden Solutions From Your Cupboards: Part 2

Most people, when they see Aspirin and Epsom salts, just see headache relief and a nice bath time addition... but us plant geeks see gardening solutions.  Save yourself time and money with these two tricks of the trade to keep your garden looking beautiful all summer long. 



Most of our everyday prescriptions and over the counter drugs are derived from plant sources.  Aspirin is one of them. The original discovery was made by a scientist in 1829 who found a compound called salicin in willow trees, and that this compound, found in the bark & leaves of the tree,  could relieve pain.  Who would have known that those majestic beauties of trees could provide relief to our everyday aches and pains, bring comfort to our children when they are not well,  and provide benefits to our garden? This natural plant booster is a great addition to your garden...  It helps prevent and treat powdery mildew, it is a natural root booster, it helps plants grow stronger, thicker leaves, and it acts as a natural stimulant.  Once the plants have benefited from the treatment, studies show that they are better at fending off pests, better at coping with water stress and develop more rapidly. 

To apply, crush 1 1/2 aspirins in 2 gallons of water, spraying or watering on to the foliage in the early morning so that the water evaporates throughout the morning hours.

It can also be used as a rooting hormone to stimulate cuttings, assisting germination and prolong the life of your cut flowers. 


Epsom Salt:

This natural remedy has some pretty amazing properties in the garden. Not only does it make our skin soft in the bath, it is great for your vegetable garden.  A quick note is that all plants need a certain amount of magnesium in the soil to ensure they are able to absorb all of those wonderful fertilizers you are applying, by adding Epsom salts, it gives your plants this much needed boost to assist your fertilizing program.  The nice thing about Epsom salts is that it is not persistent in the soil,  so it can be used routinely and not be over applied. It helps in root development and will assist your plants in creating chlorophyll, thereby making them stronger and healthier.

Application for Turf: 3 Lbs for every 1250 square feet.  Apply with a fertilizer spreader.

Houseplants or in regular watering: 2 Tbsp for every gallon of water.

Roses & Vegetables (especially tomatoes and peppers): 1 Tbsp per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks



Hope these two products can bring success to your garden this summer, send us a note on facebook and let us know if they worked for you!!!



Check back tomorrow for part 3 of our weekend blog blitz!!!