Have you ever used eggshells or coffee grounds in your garden? If you haven’t tried these two things yet, now is the time if you want your tomato and pepper plants to produce more delicious, healthy and juicy fruits. Here is how this natural fertilizer is used in the garden, but also where we most often make mistakes in the production of tomatoes and peppers, which can cost us delicious fruits this summer.
Eggshells are a rich source of calcium
Crushed eggshells provide the soil with much-needed calcium and other essential minerals that break down in the soil. And calcium is incredibly important for the health of crops like tomatoes and peppers. Especially when it comes to vegetable rot.
Rot is one of the most common diseases of garden plants, especially tomatoes. Lack of calcium causes formation of black spots on the ends of young tomatoes, peppers, and even zucchini and cucumbers.
Those black dots on the ends lead to the fruit being rolled and can affect the complete loss of the crop. And the reason for that is exactly calcium deficiency in the land. That’s why by adding a few crushed eggshells around each tomato waist, you help the plants get the calcium they need back.
Eggshells have an excellent effect on land quality and it is best to combine them with coffee grounds or other composted food scraps. However, as many reports and studies show: large pieces of eggshells have been discovered in archeological excavations, because they decompose slowly in the soil, so it would be best if the eggshells are finely ground before adding them to the compost.
Coffee grounds contain nitrogen
Contains coffee grounds nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other vital minerals that plants need. All of this is vital for cultivation strong, healthy plants which can produce a large number of fruits. When coffee grounds are added to planting holes, they act as a perfect natural fertilizer that slowly releases these elements that are very beneficial to plants.
Coffee grounds added to compost and used in the garden as an organic fertilizer give tomato plants a boost, attracts earthworms and can deter snails and insects in the garden. Spread a thin 2-3 cm layer of used coffee grounds around the base of your tomato plants. In experience, coffee grounds compact easily and prevent good air circulation when used in thicker layers, but a thin layer gives your tomatoes more nitrogen to use.
Coffee grounds + egg shells = juicy tomato fruits
Coffee grounds and eggshells can also be given together as a fertilizer that helps the growth of tomatoes. Sprinkle coffee grounds and crushed eggshells around the base under each plant.
Not only do these two things add valuable nutrients to the soil as they decompose, but they are also a great way to naturally control snail populations. As it turns out, the sharp edges of crushed shells and even coffee grounds are a big obstacle for the snails’ soft skin.
Eggshells and coffee grounds deter snails
Crushed eggshells have sharp edges that will prevent crawling pests from eating your plants. Sharp edges will help you repel pests and protect your plants. However, if there is a serious problem with snails, you can also try using diatomaceous earth instead.
How to store coffee grounds and eggshells?
If you’re wondering what’s the best way to preserve eggshells and coffee grounds over time, there are a few simple methods to prevent mold and unpleasant odors. You can simply store them in a bucket or plastic water balloon outdoors. Put a tight lid on the balloons and you will preserve these ingredients even during the winter.
Water the tomatoes often and thoroughly
In addition to good fertilizer, it is very important to water the tomato plants regularly and thoroughly.
Deep watering helps your plants develop a strong root system. It also allows plants to access nutrients located deeper in the soil. If the topsoil dries out, the roots will have access to water.
Tomato plants do not like when they are leaves wet. It’s impossible to stop the rain, but you can stop watering over the leaves. When tomato leaves are constantly wet, the risk of developing fungi and other diseases or infections increases. Always water at the base of your plants; overhead watering is bad for your crops.
Remove the stems and harvest the fruits regularly
Zappers on plants they can grow without stopping, which can lead to overpowering i they take food the main plant. If they are not removed, the plant takes on a bushy appearance with a large number of small fruits that ripen later. It is best to remove zits as soon as they are noticed, that is, while they are small. They tear easily, and you can remove them by hand, with a sharp knife or scissors, just be careful not to damage the tree. You should do this every 3 to 5 days.
It is also important that it bears fruit ubirate na vreme as each tomato fruit ripens, pick it. In this way, you will create space for the long fruits to form and become large and juicy.
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