Incorporating plenty of organic matter and compost into your garden is critical before planting your crops. Continuing to feed with slow release granular fertilizer works well for those people with limited time. This fertilizer will continue to feed for 3 months and it includes micronutrients that may have been depleted from gardens of years past. For those people with a little more time, water soluble fertilizers like Miracle Gro will feed your plants every 2 weeks and will help produce large yields. For those Organic gardeners, fish fertilizer works great as well.
Blossom End Rot and Crop Rotation
vegetables like a soil with a pH around 6.2 to 6.8. Gardens that are
too acidic can prevent plants from utilizing nutrients. Although there
may be plenty of calcium in the soil, plants can not absorb it in acidic
soil. Another scenario could be that you plant your eggplant in the
same place each year in soil that has become depleted of calcium.
certain crops use certain nutrients in excess, rotating your crops is
critical. Do not plant a crop in the same place for 3 years. Do a soil
test when prepping your garden in February. Till lime into the garden to
fix soil pH and avoid the calcium deficiency known as Blossom End Rot.
Blossom End Rot is common in tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and melons.
If your plant gets Blossom End Rot then there are a few things that you can do to fight it off. First apply a fast acting lime to the soil. This will still take some time for it to adjust soil pH, therefore we will need to apply a faster acting calcium 3 times a week until the lime kicks in. If you have some regular Tums antacids then crush up 5 of them and add to 1 gallon of water and water into the plant for a quick temporary fix. There is also a calcium solution specifically for blossom end rot which is recommended
Every plant has particular insects that are attracted to it. Eggplant is particularly prone to Cutworms, Aphids, Hornworms, and Flea Beetles. The Home Depot has the quickest and safest ways to treat your garden.
Prevention is the best way to keep your garden healthy. By avoiding insecticides and incorporating beneficial organisms and insects into the garden that naturally occur, you can feel safe and know exactly what you are eating.
The Home depot sells Beneficial nematodes that are parasitic to all those insects with larva or pupal stages in the ground as well as those that pupate and turn to adults above ground. These Nematodes are responsible for the killing of over 200 different insects.
Using organic insecticides is a great way to insure that what we are eating, stays safe to eat while not killing the bees that are critical to a healthy ecosystem. When spraying insecticides, spray in the later evenings, once the bees have left.