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Hi everyone! Just noticed My fourth tomato with end rot.

Letting soil completely dry out and lack of calcium are the biggest culprits for that. If water is good, give calcium. Boiling eggshells then using the cooled water for watering them helps.
 

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@Hinotori I have supercrushed eggshells,like pulverized. Would that help?


Upset at my roo. He is in jail. Pecked my favorite hen right on her eye. She's my top layer. At least is not busted. Aaaargh!

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@Hinotori I have supercrushed eggshells,like pulverized. Would that help?


Upset at my roo. He is in jail. Pecked my favorite hen right on her eye. She's my top layer. At least is not busted. Aaaargh!

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I always use eggshells when I plant tomatoes. They break down over time to add the calcium. I know there are other things you can add that get calcium available now. The eggshells will help prevent future issues. Ive never powdered them so don't know how well that works.

I hope the poor hen doesnt get issues. I had one girl blinded by a peck
 

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My wife and I split the first vine ripe Sugar Baby water melon. It's just the right size for both of us. Sugar Baby, ain't a marketing gimmick, they really are small and sweet. 😋

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Since it's an heirloom. I saved seeds for next year, easy enough.
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Letting soil completely dry out and lack of calcium are the biggest culprits for that. If water is good, give calcium. Boiling eggshells then using the cooled water for watering them helps.

with the extreme heat placing demand upon the root system this isn't unusual for tomatoes.

i've been surprised so far when picking tomatoes this season that there hasn't been any BER here. usually i can count on the first few earliest tomatoes to have some.

for keeping BER to a minimum i put the plants down pretty deep so their roots are not so exposed to the heat and dry and also keep them evenly watered so there is always enough water down where their roots are at. if you only water a little bit then the roots will be going upwards so it is better to water deeply to encourge the roots to stay down lower in the ground.

i do try to put eggshells in the worm bins, but Mom is not very good at recycling egg shells for me to use so not as many get in those worm bins as i'd like.

if your pH is very acidic adding lime in the fall can help and watering with eggshell water is ok, but i would not want to water with a lot of high pH water all at once when the plants are growing. better to adjust pH in the fall so the soil community has all winter and early spring to adjust to the new situation.

if you have really sandy soil that has little organic matter or clay it is worth it to add some of both of these in the fall too - they both help to hold nutrients and water.
 
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