Is table salt harmful in garden around tomato plants

I used salt around my recently planted small tomato plants because of slugs killing them. We've had a lot of rain and it completely disolved. Is the salt harmful to the plants? Should I try to remove the soil around them where the salt was? Can I use fertilizer now?

Submitted by slm743@verizon.net

Hi, Well salt isn't great to have wash into your soil, but if you just used a little to kill some slugs it should not be a problem especially if you've had a lot of rain to wash it into the subsoil. However, i would not spread salt in this manner. i'd only use a bit of salt sprinkled on a slug you see. Otherwise, there are other methods of slug control that are more effective. You could fertilize now if you wanted to, but remember don't overdo it with tomatoes. If they get fed too much, they grow lots of foliage, but less fruit. I'd use a slow-release granular fertilizer such as Osmocote which you can find at your local garden center or home improvement store.


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