One of my best tips for container gardening is diapers, yes, disposable diapers. I’m sure you’re thinking… really diapers? What makes a diaper so special? They hold fluid. That will help your plants have a ready supply of water on hot days. Commercial gardeners have been using the same crystal ingredients that are found in disposable diapers for growing beautiful plants for years.
They’re especially useful in hanging baskets that have the liner made of coconut fibers. You can also find this ingredient in many overpriced bagged soils lately. In addition, there is that special ingredient that puffs up with the fluid and keeps the baby dry. These fibers will keep your soil from becoming compacted, which will also encourage root growth.
Okay, I’m not saying you need to use the kind of diaper that would end up on an over the top comedy show with the giant brown mess. No……use a new one or gently used diaper. And you’re like “yucky pee diaper!”…. well pee is sterile and the ammonia in it helps will break down bio matter in the soil so the plant can use it and grow faster…. so a little pee in the diaper won’t hurt anything. I usually cut the diapers in half for under 12” containers and place it in the bottom of the hanging basket or container.
Load the container up with soil and that’s it! Soon, I’m popping in my annuals from the nursery or a big box store with a little slow release growth fertilizer and water. Remember, hanging pots can dry out fast, so water regularly.
Note: photos from previous years there is a foot of snow is still on the deck 😉
other gardening post
- basic flower gardening for newbies: annuals
- basic flower gardening for newbies: biennials
- rope tubs as plant containers
Happy spring everybody! Yes we still have lots of snow on the ground but the days are growing quite long. The sun is shining and the North Dakotans are out in droves today.
Do something nutty and enjoy the sunshine. I think is awesome when you share my blog!