For those of us in the Oklahoma City area – no complaints from this gardener!   During the middle of July this year we received 4” of rain in 3 days…truly a gift from Mother Nature and the rain heavens above.  Almost immediately everyone’s brown lawn patches have turned green again, roses are flush with new leaves and flower buds, the annual flowers and perennials have doubled in size in a matter of days, and the evergreen trees and shrubs are laden with new leaves.  Yes indeed, rainfall makes the difference in your garden.  Just imagine a steady dose of this?  Oklahoma City would look more like Portland or Seattle…hydrangeas growing along the freeways, Japanese Red Maples that get 30’ tall, geraniums with the heads of large mops…I am just dreaming for that climate – but I am grateful for every drop of rain we get – and our plants are showing their sincerest appreciation.

One of the things that I love about my new found love Pinterest is all of the information available at your fingertips.  I have been reading for years about the use of Epsom Salt in the garden.  The word salt and gardening just didn’t do it for me…but I kept seeing Pins on the beneficial use of this in the garden and for house plants. 


Gardening with Epsom Salt..it has been a planter’s “secret” ingredient to a lovely, lush garden, and is such a simple, affordable way to have a dramatic impact. Simply dissolve 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month –


Spraying epsom salt on plants boosts magnesium supply to plants and increases yield. Spraying 1 tablespoon of epsom salt mix with 4 litre of water twice with 10 days gap could be used for good results. Tomatoes, peppers and rose can benefit extraordinarily


Why Epsom Salt works in the Garden…Composed almost exclusively of Magnesium Sulfate, Epsom salt is intensely rich in these two minerals that are both crucial to healthy plant life. These same minerals which are so beneficial for bathing and using around the house are also a wonderful facilitator to your garden, helping it reach its fullest potential and creating a lush and vibrant outdoor space. Unlike common fertilizers, Epsom Salt does not build up in the soil over time, so it is very safe to use.

So my experiment with the mysterious Epsom Salt has begun.  This is a very sickly looking topiary of privet.  Up until this Spring it has always been beautiful – dark green, lush requiring constant pruning to keep it in shape.  Not so anymore, it is yellow, puny and not very pretty – makes me want to get rid of it…so why not experiment with it because even Miracle Grow isn’t working for this plant – we shall see….


My next experiment is with what used to be a “prized” David Austin English Rose…obviously

not happy for the moment…it’s covered in black spot probably because of the heavy rains, but the leaves are yellow, sickly and no blooms…we shall see about this notion / concoction called Epsom Salt!  Stay tuned….

 

Top Things to Do in August

  • Water – but make it count by deep watering.
  • Move pots and baskets to the shade to give them a break from the sun and heat.
  • Cutback plants  that have lots of brown leaves due to the heat / drought…shrubs, perennials and annuals alike with benefit from a haircut
  • Remove dead plants – your beds and pots will look better.  I always say dead trees, shrubs or flowers are adding nothing to the beauty of your garden design.
  • Drive around and look at gardens that are performing well in these extreme conditions – what plants have then integrated – what are they doing to maintain their beautiful garden.
  • Look at how your irrigation system is performing  – you may want to modify coverage this fall.
  • Take one more last vacation to someplace cool.

 

Stay tuned for the results of my first use of Epsom Salt in my garden.

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