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Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 12:06

You're welcome

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 11:02

Lots of advice on here about the crystals. I think its a trial and error way for us all and to usewhatever way suits you best after trying a few.

Personally I would never wet them before adding to compost -  far too messy!! as for adding slow release fertiliser I also do this and it makes a great potting compost - done in a large batch can save lots of time for future potting up, just keep it well sealed so it doesnt dry out - Weather still dreary and dark in Leeds, we are all fed up  too...roll on the sunshine then we can all sit in our little havens of garden and enjoy it.......happy gardening everyone xxx

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 17:10

@Marshmello - yes I also live in the North - Leeds. Thanks for your help, have been watering as you suggest so all good

Paving or shingle - please help if you can

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:02

Thankyou s much Rushie, I have printed this out so that I can remember the measurements of the sand etc. My neighbour has kindly said I can raid his pile of builders sand at the bottom of his  garden and has been to his friends and broughorm t me a bag of cement back with him -  how kind  is that? I just need some legnths of wood now to form the shape and to level it off and I'm done......... Can I ask you how long it will take to set as I dont want to build the shed and it to sink into the mixture......

Talkback: Slugs and snails and pussycat tails

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:57

@Unity, The newspaper works untill it rains!! Then it is soggy and no good. I use some old carpet and cut it to go round my pots and this works although next year I'll be planting in hanging baskets as they look beautiful............With regards to slugs/snails etc we have a garden hedged with Laurel, approx 30feet high, Not sure why but when we moved in there wasnt an inch of bark to be seen, it was covered top to bottom in snails of all shapes/colours and sizes. We went out the same night armed with a bucket and torch to collect them and deposit them in the woods over the road and lo and behold there wasn't a critter to be seen on the laurel.................they were covering the lawn, paths and pots scattered around the garden...........there were hundreds if not thousands of them. We collected them up over a few weeks and took them to the woods, we dont have a problem really with them now, maybe one or two hidden under the rim of the odd pot ...........maybe we have done them a favour and they have all found a happpy home and something nicer to eat in the woods............

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:47

hahahaha, how often do you water your plants that have this gel in them, I feel I may also be overwatering?

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 14:18

Ahhh, didnt think of this.....why does it say to mix it with your compost then? guess I've been lucky then, could have had another catastrophe.........eeeeek!!!

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 12:17

Hi Supernanny, I just put a very small amount, about 20g,  mixed in with the compost and perlite to help drainage and this seems to be enough, I did read the packet but it didnt advise about baskets so used my initiative............However the first time I tried it went a bit pete tong......put too much in and when it rained all this gelitinous gunge came pouring out of my tubs............oh well I lived to tell the tale......good luck xx

Paving or shingle - please help if you can

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 12:13

PS.......   I also have 1/2  a builders bag of hardcore left too ??????????

Paving or shingle - please help if you can

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 12:12

Please can you help. I am just re-designing my side garden and am putting a potting shed up. I haven't a lot of money    and have been advised to lay the shed on paving however I have a large builders bag of pea gravel/shingle left over from another part of the garden and wandered if I would be able to lay my shed on this? Any support you can offer would be really appreciated........

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