Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:59
Living in the south of England and receiving a fair amount of sun (usually) I've found that using water retaining crystals has made a huge , meaning that I water a lot less than before.Most of my plants are in containers.
I prepare the compost by filling one of the large trugs( that seem to be everywhere these days) up to three quarter level with compost, mix in the crystals as stated on the packet then add lots of water, leave overnight to be absorbed. The next day I give it all a good stir round, add slow release fertiliser pellets, another good stir and then start potting up containers and baskets. Thinking ahead makes this an easy task, makes for plenty of compost on hand and avoids the overspill/ gel globule problem