|Blossom End Rot|
Gardening Know How had an interesting suggestion of making your own calcium concoction: Boil twenty (20) eggs, peel, and soak the peels in one (1) gallon of water for about two (2) weeks, and then water around the affected plants.
I went to see the good people at Standard Feed and asked them if they had anything to enrich the soil with calcium. They said that Bone Meal would do the same thing; however, I did find the Hi-Yield Calcium Nitrate.
From the package of the Calcium Nitrate, I found that blossom end rot is a common problem and it is a"physiological disorder (not a disease)." This happens "when fruits are enlarging rapidly and sufficient amounts of calcium fail to reach the end of the fruit resulting in a deficiency of calcium in the developing fruit."
To prevent blossom end rot, I plan to treat each squash plant with one level teaspoon of Calcium Nitrate applied to the root growing area and thus avoiding direct contact with the plant itself. For best results, this procedure should be repeated in two weeks. It is also recommended that these procedures take place as soon as there is a healthy seedling.
Note: The Calcium Nitrate is recommended for tomatoes and peppers in prevention of Blossom End Rot.
Sources: Gardening Know How, gardeningknowhow.com (by permission) and Hi-Yield Calcium Nitrate.
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