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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Daniel, I agree, each bed could have a different test; even a large garden can have different soil content.
Wonderful news about your use of epsom salts and the effects. With your pee to add lively nitrogen, you have a winning combination. Your photos give us rich evidence. Surely would like to sit in your sunroom with you, Ning, Charlie and a plate of fresh fruits and vegetables. That would be about as close to heaven as I can imagine.
Daniel - what kind of concentration of the epsom salts do you use? Or how much? (Do you dissolve it in water first?)
Daniel, thanks for your information on "The Garden of Herbivores." We have a nice chart now that I didn't have before your wrote of your pests.
Thomas, excellent question
Fertilize with Epsom Salts
"Chemically, Epsom salts is hydrated magnesium sulfate (about 10 percent magnesium and 13 percent sulfur). Magnesium is critical for seed germination and the production of chlorophyll, fruit, and nuts. Magnesium helps strengthen cell walls and improves plants' uptake of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur.
"Sulfur, a key element in plant growth, is critical to production of vitamins, amino acids (therefore protein), and enzymes. It's also the compound that gives vegetables such as broccoli and onions their flavors. Sulfur is seldom deficient in garden soils in North America because acid rain and commonly used animal manures contain sulfur, as do chemical fertilizers such as ammonium sulfate.
"The causes and effects of magnesium deficiencies vary. Vegetables such as beans, peas, lettuce, and spinach can grow and produce good yields in soils with low magnesium levels, but plants such as tomatoes, peppers, and roses need high levels of magnesium for optimal growth. However, plants may not show the effects of magnesium deficiency until it's severe."
"Some common deficiency symptoms are yellowing of the leaves between the veins, leaf curling, stunted growth, and lack of sweetness in the fruit."
"When diluted with water, and especially when applied as a foliar spray, Epsom salts can be taken up quickly by plants. Epsom salts' magnesium content, high solubility, and ease of application as a foliar spray are the main reasons for the positive results many gardeners see in their plants."
"Four out of the six testers reported that the Epsom salts-treated pepper plants and fruits were larger than the controls. For the treated roses, testers reported greener foliage, bushier plants, and more roses than on the control plants."
"Before you try Epsom salts, test the soil to determine its magnesium content. Don't rely on Epsom salts to correct large soil magnesium deficiencies, but rather use it as a supplement to soils with adequate or slightly low magnesium levels to boost plant growth, flowering, and fruiting. For severely magnesium-deficient soils, use dolomitic lime or Sul-Po-Mag. Foliar applications of Epsom salts seem work better than adding it, dry or mixed with water, directly to the soil. Plants may not efficiently take up magnesium sulfate in granular form, especially in alkaline soils or soils that already test high in potassium, calcium, or magnesium. If you have tested your soil and know it has those qualities, a foliar application is a faster way to get the nutrients to the plant."
Epsom salts works best on soils that are...
~ Charlie Nardozzi is a senior horticulturist at National Gardening.
What is the purpose of the Epson salt spray on plants?
... I think it was Daniel who mentioned to use human urine to water his plants. So I am wondering if the same method can be used for fruit trees? So...Daniel?... or everybody else?
Daniel, It is fun to work with nature instead of fight it. Yes, it is work, but it is worth it, at least it is when I am able to get out of this wheelchair and actually do something other than think and design, although, I like to do both.
Larry and Laura bring me ripe tomatoes from the greenhouse and they are delicious. I learned a lot this year, and last, on what to do and not do in a greenhouse. I expect to be on my feet next week and I have a list of things to do.
One thing, beginning July 16, Carl's (The Flying Atheist's) birthday, it is time to start to spray the vegetables with an Epsom salt drench: spray every 3weeks with:
One (1) gal water: one (1) T Epson salt
Drench plant and soil every 3 weeks.
Thanks for wanting to help me, I can't find my notes I made when we discussed this before, Sandbox doesn't have the ratios, and even Seri couldn't give me the answer. I knew I would want algebra some day. Well, that doesn't matter, I can't add, subtract, Multiply, or divide any more.
They eat arborvitae so either fence them or allow the critters to eat as high as they can and the gardener manage the tops. There is a farm on Hiway #2 that has a hedge of arborvitae at last 75 feet long. They just let the animals limb the branches as much as they like and then the gardener keep the tops neatly pruned. It is kind of attractive to my eye.
Since these plants need protection from critters and frost and they need more safekeeping, perhaps all bean plants, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes. should be in a greenhouse of a more permanent protectionbn
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