opabinia51
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Tomatoes and Lime

Low and behold, tomatoes are huge lovers of lime so, when you are planting your tomatoes put some dolopril lime on top of the soil around the plant to provide the calcium. I personally add eggshells to my tomatoes but, lime works well to.

Incidentally if tomatoes are lacking in calcium (found in lime and eggshells) they can develop a blossom end rot on the fruit. So, give your plants a good dose of calcium. There is also a calcium spray out there that you can spray your fruit and plants with.

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Well, its a darn good thing I did just that!
I actually added lime because I was concerned that the compost might still be hot... I was running a tad low. :oops:

Shoud folks add a little more lime about mid-season, Opa?

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Wouldn't hurt.

Though, if you still see lime where you put it before, there is no point in adding more.

I just add eggshells and that seems to work as well.

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Oh, I have eggshells. We go through 18 eggs a week around here.

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Do you have any advice about how much lime per plant? 1/4 c? 1 c? 1 pound?

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tomatoes and lime

My mother used to do some of the craziest things, but sometimes they worked!
The last of the crop each year (of tomatoes), the little tomatoes who were just hanging on at the end of the season,
she would pick them close to green, not quite ripe yet, put them in flat cardboard boxes (no lid) sprinkle them with a little lime, not much at all an slide them under her bed!!!!!
:shock: We would still have fresh tomatoes Thanksgiving!!!
I swear it worked, they never spoiled... ?????????



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