Planting Tomatoes & Peppers Amended With Coffee Grounds, Crushed Eggshells, & Epsom Salt

This past winter I had some time to do some research when it comes to increasing my yield and quality of vegetables for the coming season.

Used Coffee Grounds, Crushed Eggshells & Epsom Salt

Last week I am planted tomato and pepper plants using coffee grounds (Starbucks if you must know!) and crushed egg shells saved up over the winter (I eat lots of eggs!) that I will till in where I am planting these adding the Epsom Salt when I plant them. The following explains the reason for using Epsom Salt…

*Tomatoes & Epsom Salt

Tomatoes are prone to magnesium deficiency later in the growing season, and display this through yellow leaves and less production. They can greatly benefit from Ultra Epsom Salt treatments both at the beginning of their planting and throughout their seasonal life. When gardening, simply add one or two tablespoons per hole before planting the seeds or transplants. Then as the tomato matures, either work in one tablespoon of Ultra Epsom Salt per foot of plant height around the base of the tomato plant (individually), or create the tank sprayer solution mentioned above and use that every two weeks.

*Peppers & Epsom Salt

Like tomatoes, peppers are also prone to magnesium deficiency and thrive much more fully with the use of Epsom salt. This can be done in the same way as tomatoes—through adding one or two tablespoons per hole before planting (for seeds and grown plants), and then twice a week based on the height of the plant (see above). A study conducted by the National Gardening Association discovered that four out of six home gardeners noticed that their Epsom salt-treated peppers were larger than those that were un-treated. Many gardeners credit their healthy, vibrant peppers and tomatoes to Epsom salt. This solution truly aides in the production level, aesthetic beauty and quality of the harvest produced.

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The soil is ready to add the 3 ingredients.

 

The three ingredients I used.
The three ingredients I used.
Placed crushed egg shells and used coffee in the locations I was planting the tomatoes and peppers.
Placed crushed egg shells and used coffee in the locations I was planting the tomatoes and peppers.
I then mixed the soil with the 2 ingredients.
I then mixed the soil with the 2 ingredients.
Next I made trenches keeping the crushed egg shells and coffee in the location where the plant would be.
Next I made trenches keeping the crushed egg shells and coffee in the location where the plant would be.
Once the trenches are done you want to plant your tomatoes and peppers as deep as you can in order for them to establish a good root system. Using the trench method is a way to accomplish this.
Once the trenches are done you want to plant your tomatoes and peppers as deep as you can in order for them to establish a good root system. Using the trench method is a way to accomplish this.
Place 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt in each hole.
Place 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt in each hole.
And there they are! They are all settled in their new home waiting to grow!
And there they are! They are all settled in their new home waiting to grow!

It is always great to try new things. Keeping a record of it will be of great help in the future so grab yourself a notebook just for gardening to write down all your hits and misses because there are plenty of both in gardening.

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*Information taken from SaltWorks website. Please go there for further information.

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