The Potential Benefits Of Adding Blackstrap Molasses To Your Garden

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Refined sugar is more or less nutritionally void, but blackstrap molasses is a surprisingly good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium, calcium, iron, and potassium. These nutrients are commonly included in commercial fertilizers to support healthy plants and promote plant growth. In addition to feeding your plants, molasses is also a delicious sugary food source for microbes in the soil, such as azotobacter bacteria, which can help to enrich the soil and naturally add nitrogen for a healthier garden in no time. A study published in the Open Journal of Ecology found that blackstrap molasses, when combined with an organic fertilizer, led to a significant increase in microbe activity that lasted about four to five weeks. This high microbial activity improves soil structure, drainage, moisture retention, and aeration. In this way, blackstrap molasses works like an indirect fertilizer!

While molasses is great for plants and soil microbes, it’s not so great for pests. Molasses sprayed on the leaves of plants will deter chewing pests like caterpillars, while molasses in the soil can protect against root knot nematodes. Horticultural dry molasses, which is made with a carrier grain and sprayed with liquid molasses, is also effective at repelling fire ants. Simple sugars in the molasses bloat the insects, killing them if they dare to take a nibble. 

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