Friday, July 28, 2006

Epsom Salts--Are They Organic?

Organic is the way I like to garden. I was on the Burpee web site today. They had a tip of the day "Epsom Salt To the Rescue."

"High in magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt can be used to increase the yields of tomatoes and peppers which need magnesium for maximum fruit production. It also seems to improve the flavor of both vegetables. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water, and spray a pint of the fluid on each plant as soon as blossoming begins. Repeat this process once a week throughout the season to keep the plants in top production."

This sounds like a great way to increase yield. Does anyone know if using Epsom Salts would still be organic?

Thanks!

4 comments:

Loretta said...

Yes, adding epson salts to your soil (people often use it to make a rose cocktail to encourage basal breaks and new growth) is completely organic. I wouldn't worry about it! It's just magnesium...but it might do something to the calcium/ magnesium soil balance- I've heard a little rumbling about that and not adding too much if you haven't had a soil test. Cheers!

California Gardener in Zone 23 said...

Thanks for the info!

sewobsessed said...

Although my tomatoes have always gone gangbusters, I used to have problems with my peppers, until someone suggested I add some epsom salts to the soil before planting. Haven't had a problem since! According to the Epsom Salt Council, it's a critical mineral for seed germination, but I don't believe everything I read...

ladyluz said...

What an interesting idea. I will try that for this year. May have trouble getting it in this part of the world but will have a go.

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