I want to post about some "Captain Obvious" things that I am surprised that I didn't know. As a result, this blog will probably be updated regularly.
Yep - deficiencies cause blossom end rot in fruit/veg. Sometimes yellow veins in the leaves. I know that. I've always tended to use trace elements to fix it.
Easier answer is to throw gypsum into the soil when you plant. It alters the soil composition to break clay and clump the soil to make nutrient uptake easier for the plants. It is also very high in calcium. Gypsum works as a preventative, as well as a cure. Unlike dolomite and lime, it does not alter the ph of the soil. So, you can plant straight into it.
Surprised I didn't know that!
Poo ain't poo. Well, I knew that. I knew: horses have one stomach and cows have two. So, cow manure has less weeds.
I didn't know that both of those manures are lower in nitrogen which means that while fresh, they won't burn your crops like fowl manure (high in nitrogen) will. Lots of nitrogen will make the plant grow like crazy, but fruit very little. However, horse, sheep and cow poo are rich in organic matter, just like compost so they help growth and fruit.
3. Spring and Autumn
I'm a preserve maker: jams, chutneys etc. I always figured I grew and preserved to get through winter. I think that's not true in Brisbane. I'm finding with the likes of tomatoes, and most else, that I can grow and preserve in spring and autumn. Winter is too cold and summer too hot. Talk about Captain Obvious.
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