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Epsom Salt and Gardening

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Gardening and Epsom Salt

Epsom salt has become a popular and well-reputed supplement in organic gardening. It is an ideal answer to a variety of organic gardening needs. Both cost effective and gentle on your greenery; an affordable and green treatment for your well-tended plants–both indoors and out. Epsom Salt, magnesium sulfate, is one of the most economic and versatile salt-like substances in the world. It helps to create lush grass, full roses, and healthy, vibrant greenery. It has long been considered a gardener’s secret ingredient to create a dramatic impact. Epsom salt enhances the soil’s capabilities. Magnesium and sulfate are two minerals that are crucial to healthy plant life. It does not build up in the soil; it is safe to use often. Magnesium assists seed germination; helps strengthen the plant cell walls. It is crucial in photosynthesis and the creation of chlorophyll. It helps the plant to soak up phosphorus and nitrogen, which serve as vital fertilizer components for soil. Magnesium is believed to bring more flowers and fruit to plants, increasing the bounty and beauty of green space. Sulfate is equally important nutrient for plant life. It is essential to the health and longevity of plants; aides in the production of chlorophyll. It joins with the soil to make key nutrients more effective for plants, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It also works in conjunction with magnesium to nourish and bring health benefits for your garden.

Houseplants and Epsom Salt

Dissolve 2 Tablespoons per gallon of water. Use this solution once a month or as often as desired. It can clear up accumulations of natural salts in the pot leading to a revival in plant health. As a general rule, plants need plenty of indirect sunlight to fully utilize Epsom salt. Potted vegetable plants will produce more fruit or vegetables on a plant. This is particularly beneficial to apartment dwellers and those with little or no personal yard space. This creates a wonderful way to easily and effectively grow food.

New plantings and Epsom salt

Prep garden soil by sprinkling up to 1 cup of Epsom salt per 100 square feet (10’x10′). Work into the soil before seeding or planting. This helps seeds germinate better and start a strong and healthy growth. It is also very beneficial for plants because it aids in the transition and planting shock. Epsom salt is advised for use with all fruits, vegetable and herbs except sage. It is safe and effective at any stage of a plants growth. To use a tank sprayer: use 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. Spray on foliage or on soil early or late in the day, once per month. Tomatoes and Peppers are prone to magnesium deficiency later in the growing season. Plants with yellow leaves and less production are showing magnesium deficiency. One or two tablespoons of Epsom salts can be added to the planting hole to help this issue. Later in the growing season, it can be worked into the soil or the plant can be sprayed with the above sprayer solution. Flowering plants including roses blossom more vibrantly and beautifully with Epsom salt use. These two minerals are vital to all plants. Shrubs and trees can utilize Epsom salt also. Use 1 tablespoon per 9 feet of shrub or tree or root area. Work into the soil, then water. For the best results use Epsom salt 3 or 4 times per growing season. Lawns benefit in the same way from Epsom salt use. It helps prevent yellowing; and helps create a softer, greener, lusher lawn. Can be applied in a tank sprayer or apply pounds per 1250 sq. ft (25’x50′). Make a concentrate solution for tank sprayer. If applying dry, water very well to dissolve salt crystals.

What’s In Your Cleaning Cabinet?

AIR FRESHENERS: Work by coating your nasal passages with an oil film and/or reduce your ability to smell odors. Often containing Formaldehyde, a highly toxic ingredient, which can irritate eyes, nose, throat, and skin. High exposure can cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath. They may also include Phenol, a skin irritant that can cause swelling, burning, and peeling. High doses of Phenol can also cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death. Most Air Fresheners contain artificial fragrances, which are petroleum based.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANERS: often contains Propylene Glycol, a chemical that can cause nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and heart and kidney problems if ingested. Ninety percent contain Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate. Some all-purpose cleaners may contain Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), also found in drain cleaners, stain removers, and bathroom cleaners. A highly reactive chemical, lye can react violently with water and other materials, sometimes generating enough heat to ignite nearby combustible materials. Extremely corrosive to all tissues, especially the eyes as it can cause blindness. Aerosol sprays containing this chemical can also lead to lung injury. Extremely dangerous when coming in contact with skin, mucous membranes, mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach tissues.

AMMONIA: a volatile chemical, commonly found in window cleaners, and some stain removers and detergents. Ammonia can damage your eyes, as well as respiratory tract and cause ski irritation. Ammonia adds nitrogen to the environment, which can damage some ecosystems.

ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: contains Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate and Triclosan, a chemical that, if absorbed through the skin, may contribute to liver damage. Eliminates good bacteria, and studies suggest bacteria acquires resistance to antimicrobial agents.

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Highly toxic ingredients include Perchlorethylene, a carcinogen that can damage the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. They also contain Ammonium Hydroxide, which is extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.

CHLORINE BLEACH: a strong corrosive with fumes that can irritate or burn the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. If ingested, bleach can cause pulmonary edema or vomiting. Extremely dangerous when mixed with ammonia, as the resulting fumes can be deadly.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: often contain highly concentrated amounts of chlorine, a leading cause of child poisonings (see Chlorine Bleach). They also contain Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Suflate and phosphates that can cause severe skin irritation, burns and chronic poisoning if inhaled or ingested.

DRAIN CLEANER: often contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye, see All Purpose Cleaner above), Hydrochloric Acid or Trichloroethane. Hydrochloric Acid is a corrosive element that can irritate skin, and damage kidneys, liver and digestive tracts. Trichloroethane is an eye and skin irritant that can depress the nervous system and damage liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH: many include Petroleum Distillates, a highly flammable skin irritant, and Phenol (see Air Fresheners). Some also include Nitrobenzene, a toxic material easily absorbed through the skin, or Methyl Chloroform, which can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, headache, drowsiness, symptoms of drunkenness, kidney damage, liver damage, convulsions, and even coma. A variety of other petroleum-based solvents may be used that can cause mucous membrane irritation, as well as headache, dizziness, and nausea at higher concentrations.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: contains Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate, and Sodium or Calcium Hypochlorite, highly corrosive materials that can irritate or burn skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Other chemicals include Linear Alkylate Sulfonate, which can be absorbed through the skin and may cause liver damage, and Sodium Tripolyphosphate, a skin and mucous membrane irritant that can cause vomiting. Liquid detergents may also contain Ethyl Alcohol, which can cause coughing, drowsiness, fatigue, and headaches.

MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: ingredients often include Sodium Hypochlorite, a corrosive material that can irritate or burn skin and eyes. In cases of high exposure, can cause pulmonary edema, which can lead to coma or death. Many such cleaners also contain Formaldehyde (see Air Fresheners).

OVEN CLEANER: contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), a strong irritant to skin and eyes; can also inhibit reflexes (see All-Purpose Cleaner).

STAIN REMOVERS: often contain Petroleum Naphtha, a petroleum distillate that can inflame and damage lungs.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: may contain Hydrochloric Acid, a highly corrosive irritant to both skin and eyes that can also lead to kidney and liver damage. May also include Hypochlorite Bleach, another corrosive irritant that can burn eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Ingestion can lead to pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma. If combined with other chemicals may result in potentially fatal chlorine fumes. Other products can include Phosphoric Acid, an extremely corrosive material that can cause severe irritation and burns to skin.

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