Getting Creative & Saving Money on Hanging Baskets
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Lynn Scapatici Couch Myers on Mar 07, 2019
To help retain moisture in hanging baskets you can place an opened disposable diaper in the bottom under the soil or cut it up into pieces. The gel will absorb excess water and keep the soil moist. Puppy training pads or anything with the absorbent gel will work. I don't know that it's harmful, but I don't use this with my edible plants. I've also put old dish sponges in the soil (either whole or cut up, depending on container size). This is also a great way to use less soil. I've even used some foam filling from an old bean bag chair I was throwing out. Just mix in with the soil and it helps hold moisture. Foam packing peanuts in the bottom of a container will help with drainage also, without adding weight like rocks or gravel.
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Cheryl Voorhis on Jun 18, 2019
I cut up pool noodles from Dollar Tree.
Lorraine Gibb on Nov 01, 2020
Just be aware that since polystyrene (Styrofoam) packing peanuts are no longer permitted in many areas due to not being biodegradable, most peanuts these days are made of a disolvable starch material so they can be disposed in landfills. If used in soil, they will disintegrate with water and may turn into a gooey glop that won't aerate soil and might actually compact it too much. (Think about what happens with flour mixed with a little water... glue!)
Grandmasue10 on Feb 12, 2021
Puppy pads have a scent to encourage the puppy to the right place. I wouldn't use on food plants as Lynn SC Meyers so wisely said.
Does the cayenne pepper trick work for moles?
This is my first time using the hanging basket, and I lined the coconut liner with a plastic bag & poked holes. I placed on top of a bucket & some water drips out. The problem is I live on a second floor condo with a wooden porch. What can I do to actually hang my baskets w/o my downstairs neighbor getting the spillage? Is there some sort of "capture" system?