--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With spring officially underway, the Epsom
Salt Council has a challenge for gardeners: try Epsom salt on some
of your plants to see the difference. Submit photos of your results, and
you could win a year's supply of Epsom salt and other prizes, including
a $500 gift card from Gardener's
Supply. See the Official Rules at www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/news_gardeningchallengerules.cfm
for full details.
"Seeing is believing, and we've seen tests
and heard from experts
about how Epsom
salt is an Sprinkler System Installation Greenville inexpensive way to help start or improve your garden,"
said Jim Hill, the Epsom Salt Council's President. "We can't wait to see
the results from gardeners throughout the country."
Here's how the Epsom Salt Gardening Challenge works: Gardeners should
put Epsom salt on just some of their plants - peppers, tomatoes,
houseplants and roses - and grow others without Epsom salt. As the
summer unfolds, email photos of both to email@example.com,
one of a plant grown with Epsom salt and one photo of the same type of
plant grown without Epsom salt. On the email subject line, state the
plant category (peppers, tomatoes, roses or houseplants). Deadline is
Aug. 1. The contest is open to le gal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C.
who are 18 years of age or older, except residents of New Jersey, North
Dakota, Tennessee, Maryland and Vermont.
The Epsom Salt Council will post the photos to its website, www.epsomsaltcouncil.org
and its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/epsomsalt,
before selecting a winner. The entries will be judged based on the
healthy appearance of the plant, whether the plants' appearances support
Epsom salt as a source of nutrition, and the overall beauty of the
composition. The grand-prize winner will get a year's supply of Epsom
salt - 52 one-pound cartons - an Epsom Salt Council gardening hat and a
$500 gift card to Gardener's Supply. (http://www.gardeners.com/).
Second prize will receive 24 one-pound cartons of Epsom salt, the
gardening hat and a $100 gift card to Gardener's Supply. Third prize
will receive 12 one-pound cartons of Epsom salt, the gard ening hat and a
$50 gift card to Gardener's Supply.
Nine other winners will receive a case of 12 one-pound cartons of Epsom
salt and the gardening hat.
Epsom salt - actually magnesium sulfate - has key nutrients for plants
and vegetables. It helps seeds germinate, makes plants grow bushier,
produces more flowers, increases chlorophyll production and deters
pests, such as slugs and voles. While it is not intended to replace your
regular fertilizer, it will provide vital nutrients to supplement your
Here are some tips
for using Epson salt to grow the plants:
Garden Startup: Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into
soil before planting.
Peppers: Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt with a gallon of water
and apply as a foliar spray at bloom time, then again 10 dayslater.
Tomatoes: Add 1 tablespoon diluted in water per foot of plant
height per plant; apply every two weeks.
Houseplants: 2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants
Roses: Add 1 tablespoon diluted in a gallon of water per foot
of plant height every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at
base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth.
Before planting, soak bushes in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt per gallon of
water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to each
hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom salt solution weekly (1 Tbsp
per gallon of water) to help discouragepests.
Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron): Add 1 tablespoon
per 9 square feet by diluting in water. Apply over root zone every 2-4
Lawns: Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a
spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
Trees: Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet by diluting in
water. Apply over the root zone three times annually.
Sage: Do not apply! This herb is one of the few plants that
doesn't like Epsom salt.
Although magnesium and sulfur occur naturally in soil, they can be
depleted by various conditions, including heavy agricultural use. Unlike
most commercial fertilizers, which build up in the soil over time, Epsom
salt is not persistent so you can't overuse it.
"Magnesium and sulfur are building blocks for plants," said Hill, the
Epsom Salt Council's president. "We think you'll see a real difference."
About Gardener's Supply
Gardener's Supply was founded in 1983 by a handful of enthusiastic
Vermont gardeners. Today, it serves millions of gardeners nationwide,
offering everything from seedstarting supplies and garden furniture to
flower supports and garden carts. Though the company has grown, it
remains passionately committed to providing garden-tested,
earth-friendly products that will help customers have more fun and
success in their gardens. To learn more, please visit www.gardeners.com.
About Epsom salt
Epsom salt - actually magnesium sulfate - is one of the most versatile
household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa
treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens.
It's been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it's gaining a
new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a
sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use,
easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs Sprinkler System Installation Greenville about
the same per use as a cup of coffee.
To learn more, please go to www.epsomsaltcouncil.org,
visit us on www.facebook.com/epsomsalt ,
or contact Peter Smolowitz, (704) 916-6163, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must be a legal resident of the 50 U.S./D.C. (except NJ, ND, TN, MD and
VT), 18 years of age or older. Void in NJ, ND, TN, MD, VT and where
prohibited. Ends 8/1/11. To enter, submit your photos along with your
name, address, phone number and age by email to: email@example.com
by 8/1/11 or can be mailed to Epsom Salt Gardening Challenge Entry, P.O.
Box http://www.almanac.com/gardening 7449, Prospect Heights, IL 60070. Mail in entries must be postmarked
by 8/1/11. Limit one entry in each plant category (peppers, tomatoes,
houseplants and roses) per person/email address regardless of entry
method. One (1) First Prize: $500 gift card for Gardener's Supply, a
year's supply of Epsom salt (awarded as 52 one-pound cartons), and an
Epsom Salt Council gardening ha t, ARV $588. One (1) Second Prize: $100
gift card for Gardener's Supply, 24 one-pound cartons of Epsom salt, and
a gardening hat, ARV $146. One (1) Third Prize: $50 gift card for
Gardener's Supply, 12 one-pound cartons of Epsom salt, and a gardening
hat, ARV $98. Nine (9) honorable mentions will each receive: 12
one-pound cartons of Epsom salt and an Epsom Salt Council gardening hat,
ARV $28. Entries and photos must comply with the submission
requirements. For full details and Official Rules go to www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/news_gardeningchallengerules.cfm.