Calcium Deficiency In Our Plants…


Bell Pepper with Issues The last couple of weeks Amanda and I noticed that our bell peppers and tomatoes were turning brown and rotting only at the bottom. Being a newbie farmer, I thought we had sometype of fungus or another pest attacking our vegetables again. After talking with one of her friends about our latest issue, Amanda found out that we most likely have a calcium defieciency. The shortage could also be due to lack of watering (which isn’t in our case), then over watering them- making it one of my highest priorities to check the soil and water as needed. The soil we purchased for our garden this year is a sandy loam mixed in with mushroom compost. The sandy soil along with some of the fertilizer I use could be the culprit.
Tomato with calcium deficiencyThe first signs of the problems were distorted or hook shaped leaves. The young leaves would withering and curl up, the tips were dieing off. We also noticed that the blossom end starting to sink, dry out at the end of the fruit. Some of our other plants started to have foliage discoloration and to some degree stunted growth.
To treat this issue we will be adding some gypsum found calcium to the soil, either with a fertilizing production like Miracle-Gro Shake N Feed + Calcium or the cheaper route: Amanda suggested throwing some Tums into the soil. But before we do any of these I going to take our soil tester and see truely what our levels our. Proprobly should have done this before we started planting the crops…

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