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Is Epsom Salt Beneficial for Organic Gardening?

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Can Epsom salt fix Magnesium deficiencies?
Can you Fight Diseases by the Foliar Application of Epsom Salt?
Does Epsom Salt help Increase Nutrient Absorption and Yields of garden Plants?
Will it help me Grow Tastier Tomatoes and Sweeter Fruit?

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scotts paper on Epsom Salt
http://puyallup.wsu.edu/~Linda%20Chalker-Scott/Horticultural%20Myths_files/Myths/magazine%20pdfs/EpsomSalts.pdf
If your into Organic Gardening and a part of one of the many online communities you have no doubt come across claims surrounding the use of Epsom salt in the garden.

As you know I have been putting garden practices and claims to the test to see which ones are supported by science and which ones are not.

For example the science behind the use of coffee grounds in the garden is supported whereas the use of cold coffee to fertilize and lower the pH around your blueberries is not.

Today we are going to see if Epsum salt really good for your garden?

Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) when dissolved in water it releases Magnesium and Sulphur.

Magnesium and Sulphur are both essential elements for plant growth and production. Magnesium playing a key role in chlorophyll and sulphur plays a key role in amino acids. [2][3]

It would seem logical that more Magnesium and Sulphur in the soil would help your plants and support these claims right?

Lets talk about a few of these claims and for the purpose of discussion focus on Magnesium.
Magnesium Deficiencies

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Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable says:

Is Epsom Salt good for your Garden? #epsomsalt #organic #organicgardening
#soilamendment #magnesium

FRESH PRINCESS says:

Interesting. Wonderful. Thank you. 

Sher Thom says:

It is just so ingrained in us that we need to add chemicals to the soil for
our plants. Bad habit we all need to break. It truly does come down to SOIL
TEST before adding anything. No more overdosing my soil. Keep spreading the
word with your great videos!

Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable says:

Is Epsom Salt Beneficial For Organic Gardening? Lets take a look at the
science behind it to see if the claims are true.

Can Epsom salt fixed Magnesium deficiencies?
Can you Fight Diseases by the Foliar Application of Epsom Salt?
Does Epsom Salt help Increase Nutrient Absorption and Yields of garden
Plants?
Will it help me Grow Tastier Tomatoes and Sweeter Fruit?

https://youtu.be/DaCVoCnzav8

Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable says:

Is Epsom Salt Beneficial For Organic Gardening? Lets take a look at the
science behind it to see if the claims are true.

Can Epsom salt fixed Magnesium deficiencies?
Can you Fight Diseases by the Foliar Application of Epsom Salt?
Does Epsom Salt help Increase Nutrient Absorption and Yields of garden
Plants?
Will it help me Grow Tastier Tomatoes and Sweeter Fruit?

https://youtu.be/DaCVoCnzav8

Double Dog Farm ~ Shoestring Gardening on a KISS Principle says:

Good information Stephen. I really should get my soil tested. ;)

dakotabob10 says:

Is Epsom Salt good for your Garden? #epsomsalt #organic #organicgardening
#soilamendment #magnesium

Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable says:

Is Epsom Salt Beneficial For Organic Gardening? Lets take a look at the
science behind it to see if the claims are true.

Can Epsom salt fixed Magnesium deficiencies?
Can you Fight Diseases by the Foliar Application of Epsom Salt?
Does Epsom Salt help Increase Nutrient Absorption and Yields of garden
Plants?
Will it help me Grow Tastier Tomatoes and Sweeter Fruit?

https://youtu.be/DaCVoCnzav8

theIAMofME says:
Caelidh Goode says:

Is Epsom Salt Beneficial for Organic Gardening?:
https://youtu.be/DaCVoCnzav8

Ctrl Alt says:

any benefits/risks of self sowing annuals vs crop rotation?

Ari Kessler says:

Is Epsom Salt Beneficial For Organic Gardening? Lets take a look at the
science behind it to see if the claims are true.

Can Epsom salt fixed Magnesium deficiencies?
Can you Fight Diseases by the Foliar Application of Epsom Salt?
Does Epsom Salt help Increase Nutrient Absorption and Yields of garden
Plants?
Will it help me Grow Tastier Tomatoes and Sweeter Fruit?

https://youtu.be/DaCVoCnzav8

Jony Buss says:
PlantzNThings says:

A very informative video

smith Shealy says:

Great information on the use of Epsom salts in the garden, Stephen! Thanks
for sharing!

anneirenej says:
Mike Mackley says:

Is Epsom Salt good for your Garden? #epsomsalt #organic #organicgardening
#soilamendment #magnesium

Arid Acres Homestead says:

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Judy Riggs says:
Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable says:

Is Epsom Salt Beneficial For Organic Gardening? Lets take a look at the
science behind it to see if the claims are true.

Can Epsom salt fixed Magnesium deficiencies?
Can you Fight Diseases by the Foliar Application of Epsom Salt?
Does Epsom Salt help Increase Nutrient Absorption and Yields of garden
Plants?
Will it help me Grow Tastier Tomatoes and Sweeter Fruit?

#epsomsalt #salt #epsom #tastytomatoes #tomatoes #peppers #tastypeppers
#blight #fightdisease #magnesium #magnesiumdeficiencies #nutrientabsorption
#nutrients #increasedproduction

https://youtu.be/DaCVoCnzav8

MrChipGardener says:

Nice video! I tend to add a very modest amount of epsom salts to my soil
mix outdoors. I understand that it’s probably not necessary. My current
house had in ground garden beds of unknown origin and they were terrible
the 1st growing season. I amended with Epsom Salt and they did much better.
This is was many years ago before I learned about compost being the way to
go. Maybe coincidence but maybe not. There’s too many other factors to be
certain, but I add I little bit to my soil mix just in case.

kevin chambers says:
HuwsNursery - Grow Organic Produce Inexpensively says:

Fantastic information Stephen! When you think about gardening and growing
small scale food many years ago there wasn’t any need for fertilisers and
other brought ammendments. There still isn’t a need when organic matter
which is always in abundance will do the job! Great information on Epsom
salt thank you

Alex NC says:

Another great video. Thanks for taking the time to do all this research and
present your data. It’s nice to see someone present it in such a concerning
manner. I am still trying to get my beds well established and inundated
with home made compost; so until then I am still planning on supplementing
them with some fertilizers (Alaska Fish emulsion fertilizer and Morbloom),
especially the heavy feeders like tomatoes.

Do you and Patrick at +OneYardRevolution | Frugal & Sustainable Organic
Gardening ever use any off the shelf fertilizers, or are y’all only using
home made compost? Your beds are much more established then mine.

Learn To Grow says:

Always informative and helpful my friend! Thanks for sharing! 

Blake Kirby says:

Great video. So I probably don’t *need* Epsom Salts, but what if I don’t
want to test my soils. Will it hurt to continue using this product? Will
there be any negative effects from adding it to the plantings even if it
isn’t needed?

Sheri Fischer says:

Always like your videos and always so informative!

OneYardRevolution | Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening says:

Great information on the use of Epsom salts in the garden, Stephen! Thanks
for sharing!

stropssports says:

very good video!
what is you opinion on compost tea? Helpful or not?

MORNING Gardener's SHOW. says:

I have blackberry plants grow throughout my yard. one of them is right
underneath a pellet stove exhaust pipe plenty of ashes are dumped on this
plant all winter this plant is out growing all of my other blackberry
plants I’m beginning to think that the wood ash are affecting the growth of
this plant it is so far ahead of the another blackberry plants they were
planted at the same time using the same method.

OhHowHappyGardener says:

Interesting analysis on the benefits of Epsom salt. Thanks for sharing! 

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