I discovered a very disturbing visitor in my squash patch. Blossom end rot.
I lost close to all of my squash to blossom end rot over the past few weeks. The few I did get were perfect, but I certainly didn’t have the tons of zucchini that makes the squash famous.
I had been reading about how many plant diseases can be traced back to a nutritional deficiency in the soil. I also read that blossom end rot can be cured by adding a supplement of calcium to the planting hole. Unfortunately, these plants were two months old. But fortunately, I had a natural, organic, source of calcium that lives in my yard:
We collect the shells as we use them in this cute little dish by the sink:
Because I didn’t put them in the planting holes I had to speed up the break down of the shells… so I put them in my food processor…
And blended them to a fine powdery type substance…
Then I added them to the base of my squash plants.
And for a while I didn’t notice anything. Then, I started to see more and more flowers.
And all of them became squash.
And not one of them rotted away or fell off.
And now, I have over 30 tiny squash that are healthy and growing well in my garden patch.
And although it isn’t the most scientific type of experiment, I am sold. There will be egg shells in the hole that I put my squash in from now on to prevent Blossom End Rot.