This spring while planting the garden, I wanted to try out new ways to help keep my container flowers blooming throughout the heat of the summer. That is, without me standing over them and watering them every day!
A high school chemistry teacher waaay back in the day had beakers of gel around the classroom with flowers growing out of them. She explained to us that it was the same water-retaining material found in diapers...and period pads. That little bit of trivia stayed with me and this spring it's found its way into my coir-lined hanging planters. Here's more on this unexpected repurposing...feminine pads in the garden!
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Here is how I've recycled unused period pads to make Super-Hydrated Potting Soil.
1) Start with a large mixing bowl, a pitcher of water, and an unused period pad. Tear open the pad and pour the contents into the bowl.
2) Add water. Lots of water! Its amazing how much these absorb. Each is different, just keep adding until you have a loose gel consistency...
3) Mix the gel well, and let it set for about half an hour so that all the little bits have finished absorbing.
4) In the meantime, prepare your pot and soil. This technique is great for coir-lined hanging planters because the water tends to drip out of them so quickly during watering.
5) Pour a few cups worth of the gel into the potting soil and stir it all together.
6) Plant your plants in the container as you normally would, loosely packing the soil around the root ball and watering lightly.
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