|Will molasses aid your garden?|
That is a sticky question!
The hydroponic world is full of magical claims and fantasy like labels promising to kick plants into high gear bloom cycles and gigantic yields. Well yeah......as compared to doing nothing. Miracle Gro Potting Mix makes a similar claim. Amazing how using Miracle Gro Potting Mix grows plants twice as large............
Now read the small plant (as opposed to not using fertilizer).I am happy to tell you any fertilizer will grow plants twice as large as compared to not using any fertilizer at all. Another Scotts MG misleading ad campaign.
But back to molasses. I use it in my hydroponic gardens and do believe it makes crops taste better. As far as making my fertilizers work better no such deal. I DO NOT AND WILL NOT USE ORGANIC FERTILIZERS IN HYDROPONICS. There is simply no need to. Hydroponics is BEYOND ORGANICS in the simple fact the carbon/economic foot print of hydroponics is leaves a much smaller footprint than any other from of growing. PERIOD END OF DISCUSSION.
Once again back to molasses in soil gardening. If you already garden organically then molasses is a fell good additive. Feel goods add to the carbon/economic footprint however. Chances are if you soil is already rich in organic matter and you regularly add UNFINISHED compost to your garden beds molasses will add little if any additional benefits.
Best results with molasses are relegated to compost tea, total waste of time, and to STARTING up a new compost pile. Other than that save the molasses for home brewing a real dark bitter stout
Garden advice you can dig!