I have read that burying a scoop of crushed eggshells with your tomato seedlings adds calcium to the soil and helps prevent blossom end rot. I definitely had blossom end rot last year, so I dutifully saved eggshells for several weeks, intending to use them in the garden. (I baked them for 10-15 minutes at 200 degrees, and then crushed them in an empty cereal bag.)
Then I forgot. (Typical me :) )
So I put them around the tomato plants this morning. (And, for the record, I was out there at 7:10 am. That has got to be the. most. pleasant. time of day!)
I thought about burying them, but the dirt was so compact around the stems that I decided not to mess with it. They’ll probably work themselves into the soil, and we’re not supposed to have any big storms today or tomorrow, so hopefully that will work out.
I also trimmed off a lot of the lower branches on the staked tomato plants. Oh–by the way–you may want to avoid those bamboo stakes for tomato plants. They’re bending. I think I’ll be stocking up on those tall green ones for next year. :)
So, we shall see how better-late-than-never eggshells work out on the tomatoes!
And look! This is why I go to all that work! :)
(Linked to Frugal Gardening 101)