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02/10/2013 at 13:34

I am going to try something new next year for my baskets and pots. Instead of using vermiculite to retain moisture, I am going to try mixing Catsan Silica cat litter grains into my compost instead. Has anybody tried this before and what do you think of my idea?

Lyn
02/10/2013 at 18:40

I dont know really, Sue,surely the idea of cat litter is to absorb liquid, would it go cloggy? Perhaps you could have a go and let us know the results.

02/10/2013 at 20:05

Hi Lyn, yes, it does absorb liquid, that's the idea, I'm hoping I will not have to water my hanging baskets and pots so often. Vermiculite is very expensive and I have to order it from Germany. I will only add a handful per litre of compost and mix it well. Will definitely let you know the results.

02/10/2013 at 22:25

Try builders merchants for exfoliated vermiculite. It is used as insulation and might be cheaper than from garden centres or pet stores.

02/10/2013 at 22:31

just bought 100L bag  of vermiculite from builders merchant, £22 approx.

 

02/10/2013 at 23:10

Just make sure that you make use of the cat litter before the cats do

03/10/2013 at 06:41

 waterbutts! Thanks for the tips everyone, but I'm a stubborn bugger, I've decided to try it anyway, I want to see if it works! If it does, I can kill 2 birds with one stone, the cats will have a nice clean litter box and I don't have to water so often!

23/02/2015 at 22:31

I'm trying out two different types of non-clumping cat litter in my soil mixes this year for seed propagation, rooting cuttings and for bonsai and succulents.  I read about it on various forums.  For bonsai, someone uses Tesco Low Dust Cat Litter on its own (the red granules - http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=265235247) and I'm also trying out the white one (http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=262681114 So far, so good - everything's growing, but it's early days). 

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