Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Got Peppers?

Do you have peppers growing in your garden?

I don't....

Sure, my bell pepper plants are beautiful.


But, I don't have any peppers growing on them.

So, I added a 'secret' ingredient to them today.  I didn't have to go out and buy it.  It was already in my cupboard...


 Yes, I'm talking about Epsom salt.

Some of you may have already heard about the benefits of Epsom salts in the garden.

Epsom salts are made up of magnesium sulfate, which is a nutrient that plants like to have, especially if your soil is deficient.
If you want me to get 'scientific' on you magnesium strengthens cell walls, aids in photosynthesis = dark green leaves, helps seeds to germinate and can help flowers, fruit and/or vegetables to form.

And so, I applied 2 tablespoons around each of my pepper plants and watered it in.   Some gardeners like to create a spray out of Epsom salt and water and spray on the leaves, but it is too hot in the summer to do this - the leaves will burn.

 
I can't wait to see the results.  I am hoping for lots of peppers.  I'll keep you posted!

*Roses also love Epsom salts - apply 1/2 a cup around the base of each of your roses.

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I have a couple of delicious recipes already posted and many more already written, ready to post.

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3 comments:

Nicole said...

Hi Noelle

I havent been able to successfully grow peppers for a couple years, will try again this season. May favorite was Doe Hill Golden Bell from Southern Exposure seeds. Thanks for the epsom salts tip.

Peggi said...

I have grown peppers for a few years and find that the spring crop is small. The hot part of the summer the plants grow but don't have peppers. In the fall they go crazy and put on tons of peppers. I also used epsom salts on my peppers this year.

Dusty River Gardens said...

I also use epsom salts on my peppers I hit mine a couple of weeks after they have been transplanted. then about 4 weeks later and then after each heavy harvest which is about every 3 weeks. I mix 1 tablespoon of epson salt per gallon of water and I pour it right over them usually in the evenings. The epsom salt is a great tip I have great luck with peppers.

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