Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Preparing Soil for Tomatoes & Peppers

I had a real problem last year with "Blossom End Rot." The fruit rots from the blossom end. What a creative name.

Apparently, it's a lack of calcium. When they grow fruits, they need rather a lot of it.

So I supplement the soil with crushed eggshells. I roast them first, to kill any nasty bugs, and to keep the smell under control.

Then I crush them with a potato masher, and mix it in with the soil that I plant peppers and tomatoes in.

Bone meal is also supposed to help. But it takes longer to metabolize.

Well, we'll see how it works.

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