1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

tomato's with bottoms rotten

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by 3forfree, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. 3forfree

    3forfree Songster

    982
    23
    141
    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    I've been finding tomatos with the bottoms rotten, they aren't on the ground, but up on the plant itself, Is this from bugs or what. Thanks

    [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    24,589
    7,087
    627
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  3. 3forfree

    3forfree Songster

    982
    23
    141
    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    thanks for the quick reply, this is a new garden,made with the lasagna system last fall, had a soil sample done, and was told to add triple 10 fertilizer because there was a lesser amount of potassium but the ph was good.
    Read the article about blossom end rot, interesting. going to get some calcium and make up a spray
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014
  4. emma p

    emma p Songster

    784
    40
    156
    Jun 24, 2013
    Kansas
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    24,589
    7,087
    627
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    With a lasagna bed, fertility and pH can vary from place to place. It's best to get a sample from several places in the bed (center, ends, edges,) put all the samples in a large clean container and mix thoroughly. Then take about a cupful for your sample.

    Try some fast acting lime around your tomato plants and then put more soil up around the stems. They'll quickly send out new roots there.
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    27,611
    26,013
    907
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    How have your temps been? If it's too cold, the plant can't take up calcium, even if there's plenty available.
     
  7. 3forfree

    3forfree Songster

    982
    23
    141
    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    taking samples from several places was part of collecting soil from different places of the garden for a sample.
    temps around here have been on a roller coaster, 50's one week with rain, 80's the next.
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    27,611
    26,013
    907
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    That's most likely the problem.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: