How to use molasses in garden soil

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How to use molasses in garden soil
Molasses can be used in homemade fertilisers for your flowerbed. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Molasses has two benefits when added to the soil in your garden, according to the Sierra Vista Area Gardeners Club. It feeds the good bacteria that live in the garden soil, and it energises plants to begin making more chlorophyll. You can add molasses to your garden soil by placing it in a homemade fertiliser. Blackstrap molasses is preferred in homemade fertiliser recipes because it has the most nutritional value for garden soil.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 4 gallons water
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 cup alfalfa meal
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • Garden sprayer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pour 4 gallons of water into a 5-gallon bucket.

  2. 2

    Add 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of alfalfa meal and 1 tbsp of blackstrap molasses to the water in the bucket. Stir until completely combined.

  3. 3

    Set the homemade molasses fertiliser aside for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Transfer the homemade molasses fertiliser to a garden sprayer, and spray across your garden soil until thoroughly wet. Do this on a day when rain is not expected, or the fertiliser will be diluted and rendered less effective.

Tips and warnings

  • Molasses can boost any homemade fertiliser. If you prefer a different fertiliser blend for your garden soil, just add 1 to 3 tbsp of molasses to it. Spray over the soil as you normally would.
  • Cola can be used in place of molasses when necessary.

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