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Can I Use Calcium Tablets Caltrate to Fertilize Vegetables?


Anonymous added on October 12, 2016 | Answered

I have unused calcium tablets (100 of them) and would like to use them on my vegetables which are seedlings at the moment. I am on a learning-curve using a new greenhouse tunnel to grow some vegetables, like lettuces, tomatoes, basil and parsley because of the very hot summers in Adelaide. I would look forward to your response. Oh, yes, we are working with clay soil to which we have just added pulverized cow manure and soil amendment. Thank you. Lori.


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on October 12, 2016

Calcium is important for all plants but the following are especially responsive: apples, broccoli, brussel srouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, citrus,
melons, grapes, legumes, lettuce, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.

I would not add any calcium until you have done a soil test. Since you are amending clay soil with compost and other materials a soil test will help you determine what is missing or not from the soil mix.

Here are some links to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/nitrogen-plant-fertilizer.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-and-calcium.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/calcium-fertilizer.htm

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