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Old 21-03-2011, 12:12 PM posted to rec.gardens
Paul M. Cook Paul M. Cook is offline
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Default Calcium supplements for tomatoes

"David Hare-Scott" wrote in message
Paul M. Cook wrote:
Well, planting season is almost here. I am going to double my tomato
crop this year. I have ready access to oyster shells and crushed
coral. How good of a calcium supplement would these make? I grow in
pots, 22 inch pots - 1 plant per pot. I'd like to just mix in a
large quantity of either into my planting soil. I did pretty good
last year using a liquid calcium supplement but it was kind of
expensive tedious. Hoping to do something cheaper and easier this

I think not very good unless it goes into the mix months beforehand and
even then it's doubtful. The chunks will be too large and not dissolve
sufficiently to have much effect. Have a look at the thread on soil
amendment without digging up the yard for a detailed explanation.

Yeah that was what I was thinking, they would take a long time to degrade
into the soil. I'll probably do what I did last year. Seemed to work
pretty well but expensive. Or maybe I'll try a milk/water spray or even
sheet rock powder in water.