Pin #12: Epsom Salt Spray for Growing Peppers

Espom Salt & Peppers, The Baltimore Sun

We’ve ventured into serious gardening territory this spring and Pinterest has been a great place to stumble on to tips for first time organic gardeners. When I came across this pin I was amazed at such a simple solution for improving your pepper production.

The gist: peppers aren’t as hungry feeders as many other garden plants, however they do have a serious magnesium craving. Epsom salt is the fix for this pepper hankering. Just spray 1 teaspoon Epsom Salt to 4 cups to create a pepper booster.

How’d it turn out for us? Well, it’s only early May so the verdict is still out.

Pinterest in Real Life: Epsom salt treated bell peppers

A few days after we sprayed used the Epsom salt solution spray we also treated the plants with a spray of fish oil emulsion mixture.

There was a big growth spurt for the peppers that were already on the vine; and while there have been several blossoms, we’re still waiting for more fruit.

I’ll update this post in a month or so once we’ve had more time to see how well the peppers are growing in our little garden.

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Pin #7 – Quick Seedling Cover

Quick seedling cover on Pinterest

Since we’re well into planting of our first garden, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for tips on how to keep our veggies safe & organic. I found this Quick Seedling Cover pin just a few days before I walked out to find some critter had started chewing its way through our broccoli seedlings.

We didn’t have any onion or orange bags on hand that this DIY project called for, so we opted for a protective mesh that’s supposed protect crops from birds. The holes in the mesh were still to big to keep small bugs out, so we doubled up the layers of the mesh to reduce the accessibility, while still letting air, sun and moisture through.

seedling-cover-in-real-life

Quick Seedling Cover in real life

Obviously my attempt to replicate seedling cover pin isn’t nearly as adorable looking, but it seems to be mostly effective on airborne bugs. Unfortunately the thing that was eating up our broccoli was a tiny cabbage looper larve that crawled through the mesh with ease.

We removed the loopers by hand, but this mesh won’t do much to defend against the really small bugs with big appetites. However, it does give me some peace of mind that the entire crop won’t be destroyed by angry birds.

Pin #3 – Raised Garden Beds for Narrow Spaces

With the two digging-prone dogs in command of the backyard, we had to look at other places to build our first garden. My husband recommended the narrow strip of our side yard (mostly because he wants to eliminate as much yard to mow as possible). This is one of the narrow beds that I found on Pinterest as an idea.

Andrew Renn Design, gardens in Melbourne Australia

Ours haven’t turned out quite like this, but we did manage to maximize our space by terracing the beds on the modest slope of this strip of land.

Narrow beds for our square foot garden, 8' x 2'.

Terraced raised beds made from cedar 4x4s.

If you’re interested to see if our first attempt at a garden succeeds or fails, you can follow that adventure at our blog Gardening My Territory.