my zucchinis have blossom end rot, and this is probably the dumbest thing i've asked here....but is there any reason i couldn't use pure calcium vitamin tablets in the soil? LOL. Like...if I were to crush them up, they would be absorbed by the soil, wouldn't they? sorry if this is a stupid question.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 29, 2021 17:18:02 GMT -5
boots Been a long time since I've grown zuke, due to SVB, but I do remember that one thing that can cause a squash to not grow well, and turn brown at the blossom, is insufficient pollination. If you haven't seen a lot of bees around, try hand pollinating.
Those bottle gourds in the ground are doing well, without hand pollinating, though I did see one that didn't get pollinated, and is looking bad - I'll have to pull that one. There are at least 7 around 6" long, a few shorter. Bottle gourds, about 6 inches long, 6-29 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 30, 2021 22:51:21 GMT -5
Here's a little known vegetable to harvest - squash vine tips and tendrils. I guess someone way back, while trimming all these from overgrowing vines, hated wasting these items! They taste a lot like squash blossoms.
First I would make sure it isn't just lack of pollination. There are several things you can do to make more calcium available. Keep in mind that it might be in the soil, but the plants can't access it because the pH is too high, there is too much nitrogen from over fertilizing or if the water available fluctuates too much, from over or underwatering. I have used egg shells I saved up one year, toasted them in the oven and then powdered them in the spice/coffee grinder. Put them by the roots when planting. Here is an article that might be useful:
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 3, 2021 20:03:24 GMT -5
Three more bottle gourds, and one more WI 58 cuke. I didn't want to dig around any of the plants, since they were all wet, all day, due to frequent downpours - just enough to wet everything down. But these were exposed. 3 more bottle gourds. 7-3 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Some of the squash babies growing in the laundry room made it to the garden yesterday. They are in the recently vacated garlic bed. After planting, watering, and snuggling the straw around them, I put the hardwarecloth box over them…then scattered straw over the top. That straw shields them from harsh sunshine and heavy rain. I hope they like their new digs.
Now I need to figure out where the other squash babies will go.
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