New England

April, 2005
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Aspirin Water
In the last issue I reported about aspirin improving seed germination. Another benefit appears to be improved plant health. Research at the University of Rhode Island and elsewhere has demonstrated that spraying plants with aspirin water can increase yields and improve plant vigor. Researchers dissolved 1-1/2 aspirins in 2 gallons of water and sprayed plants and soil every three weeks. But there's no absolute prescription so you might want to test different application rates and see what works best. Aspirin is essentially salicylic acid, the same substance naturally produced by plants to trigger their natural defenses against disease.

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