How to make a calcium garden ammendment

So this is a ridiculously easy thing to do. My garden, though having of beautiful, dark soil, is deficient. The first year I planted tomatoes in it, I got something called blossom end rot, which is where the tomato doesn’t get enough calcium and literally rots from the blossom into the fruit. I had all of these beautiful tomatoes, which went bad!!! ARGH!

So, being the good little gardener that I am, I did my research. What causes blossom end rot? Lack of calcium? Oh. Well, let’s buy something to fix that. (This was last year…) This winter I had a brain storm. Why on earth couldn’t I make my own? We eat a LOT of eggs here. A package or more a week. What were we doing with this resource? Putting it in the compost pile, where it wouldn’t do good for a couple of years or more? Oh the horror! So, I decided to try this; Keep the egg shells. Grind ’em up. Toss ’em out on the garden for instant calcium.

So here’s what it looks like.  You take your dried egg shells, as seen below, and toss them into your food processor.

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Give ’em a pulse or ten.  You end up with this, a very coarse ground shell.  Now, I don’t want to cut my fingers on this while digging in the garden, so I keep going.  I also want to have it readily available to the plants…

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Turn it on.  Put in the top cork thing.  Leave it going for 5ish minutes.  You will eventually get this:

SDC12211  A very fine powder.  I store mine in a 2 quart bag.

SDC12204  When you are ready, put it in your broadcaster and drop into your garden.  Instant calcium amendment!  (And I did warn you that it was stupidly easy!!  🙂  )

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One Response to How to make a calcium garden ammendment

  1. OzarkAggie says:

    You may have a calcium deficiency, but you should check the pH of your soil. As organic matter breaks down humic acid is formed, and acidic environment makes metals like calcium and phosphorus less available to the plants. Granulated lime is sage and relatively inexpensive.

    See: http://ozarkaggie.com/2012/05/19/ph-testing-find-the-sweet-spot-in-your-soil/

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