Springtime here, and my tomatoes are in.
What is the most appropriate stuff for giving them
calcium (to prevent blossum-end-rot), while respecting
their PH acidity needs?
I am guessing blood-n-bone-meal? Sprinkled liberally?
They are in 20-litre (5-gal) buckets, with generic
potting mix plus household compost.
The bone meal would be OK but the blood meal contains a high nitrogen
concentration. Too much nitrogen will make tomato plants generate more
foliage than fruit. So it will depend on how liberally you sprinkle. The
bone meal should have been incorporated into the soil before planting,
but sprinkling it on top will help some. Neither of these components by
themselves should affect your pH levels.
So what have you done in previous years? Has it worked? Or are you just
trying to optimize your tomato yield?
Since you described your tomatoes in the plural, you have more than one.
How about adding the blood-n-bone meal to half and just plain bone meal
to the other half and keep a record of how well they do as far as fruit
It's been several years since anyone in our house has eaten eggs. The last
time I purchased eggs, it was used to make a cake, and I ended up throwing
away half the eggs because nobody ate them. Actually I think I hard boiled
them, and buried them whole next to the roses. Figured they'll decompose and
become rose food on their own.
amazing what people will do, when a few handful of wood ash from the
barbecue or wood stove or fireplace will give you hundreds of grams of
Ca (wood ash is 50% Ca). and in fact, any soil rich in organic matter
can not possibly be deficient in Ca. I spread it more for the K, the
micros, and to adjust the pH.
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