BLOSSOM-END ROT IN TOMATOES: How to Identify, Control & Prevent

Blossom-end rot is a condition that affects tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, and eggplant. This is a fairly common problem in western Oregon.  A classic symptom of blossom-end rot is the development of a depressed water-soaked spot that appears on the blossom end of the fruit. This can occur on either green or ripening fruit.  The spot will enlarge, becoming sunken and turns a leathery brown or black color. The spot can encompass the lower half of the tomato in time. Many gardeners believe this problem is caused by a disease. However, it is not disease caused. Blossom-end rot is a physiological condition that can be caused by a number of different factors during plant growth that are easily remedied.

CAUSES:

-A lack of calcium in the soil. Low soil calcium is common in western Oregon.

-Extreme fluctuations in soil moisture. Very wet to very dry.

-Rapid growth in early season followed by extended dry weather.

-Excessive rain/irrigation smothers the plants fine root hairs.

-Cultivating too close to the plant, damaging the root system.

-Excess soil salts.

SOLUTIONS:

-Lime the garden well before planting in spring to add the necessary calcium to the soil. A rate of 50lbs. per 500-1000 sq. ft. is desirable. Also, put 1-2 extra handfuls of lime in each planting hole to give each tomato a little extra calcium.

-Maintain uniform soil moisture by watering regularly, but not to excess. Perhaps 2, maybe 3 times per week depending on soil type.

-Avoid using high nitrogen fertilizer or large quantities of fresh manure that can promote too rapid or excessive growth.

-Don’t cultivate deeper than 1” within 1 foot of the plant.

-If soil has excess salts, provide more water to leach the salts from the soil.

Plants with fruit that develop blossom-end rot can be treated with a liquid calcium spray solution to stop further development of the condition. This is to be used only as a stop-gap measure to save your crop. The solution can be applied 2-3 times per week, directly to the plants foliage. Ferti-lome Yield Booster is product Burns Feed Store recommends for foliar treatment. It comes in a concentrate and a ready to use form.

Master Gardener Clinic

Master gardeners are educated in and are actively promoting sustainable garden and landscape practices that minimize the risk to human health and the environment. They have an abundant amount of resources to help you identify your horticulture problems.
You may bring in a particular insect and/or plant specimen for them to inspect. This will help them accurately diagnosis your issue.
Visit with a Master Gardener and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of plants/garden when you spend $30 or more. Coupon will only be valid Saturday, May 18th, 2019.

 

Gardner and Bloom Organic Soil Products                                       

Spring is here, and with it comes warmer, sunny weather we home gardeners crave after a long winter. Many of us are beginning to buy seeds, bedding plants, garden tools, and soil products for our gardens. Burns Feed Store carries all of these kinds of garden items and more. A quality brand we offer is Gardner and Bloome (G&B) Organics soil products.  All G&B products are 100% organic. They are OMRI and OIM certified and USDA compliant for organic standards. G&B Organics is a family owned business (just like Burns Feed Store!), in operation since 1925. G&B always looks to source the best organic ingredients and produce their products locally whenever possible. Their products are made to be kind to families, pets, and the environment, with a commitment to sustainability. G&B Organics soil products will help you grow beautiful flowers, enhance your landscape, and produce a bountiful garden crop. Burns Feed Store carries G&B potting soils; several types of composted manures; raised bed soil mix; soil conditioner; worm castings; compost; top soil and other soil amendments.  We also have two types of their Swanson bark mulch. Please, come in to Burns Feed Store so we can help you select the right Gardner and Bloome soil product(s) to complete your garden project.

 

E-Z Haul Carts

Are you tired of tipping over the single tire wheelbarrow? It’s time to make your job a little easier with an E-Z Haul Cart! The perfect balance of an E-Z Haul Cart will get the job done with less effort. These carts are built to last! They are made with the most durable components to handle big loads, regardless of cart size. The E-Z Haul Cart is available in three sizes with load ratings from 250 to 600 pounds. Sizes available at Burns Feed Store are:
5 1/2Cu.Ft. Garden Cart
8Cu.Ft. Utility Cart
11 1/2Cu.Ft. Jumbo Cart
Since 1986, the E-Z Haul cart has been manufactured in the United States, to provide cost effective service for new products and replacement parts. We carry a full line of replacement parts if you need to spruce up your old cart!
E-Z Haul Carts are Affordable, Durable and Versatile!