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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
May 16, 2012 7:17 PM CST
you know I am a container freak... wouldn't EVER pot one up without polymer gels!!!... and I expand them in a cup or food container first.. and then mix them in... that way they won't do the creeping blob impression out of the top... learned from experience!!!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 16, 2012 9:09 PM CST
Definitely going to have to try these for my hanging baskets! Trying to keep them watered is one of the reasons I don't have more! Bet they'd work well for some of my smaller containers that tend to dry out quickly, too.
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
May 17, 2012 6:40 AM CST

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I think I have all of my containers repotted now with the crystals. I can't believe I didn't try them before!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 17, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Hope I can find them locally. I'm just getting ready to repot my containers and I really want to try these!
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
May 17, 2012 2:23 PM CST
Do they shrink and swell in the soil, as the soil gets drier or wetter?

If they do, it might be a way to keep some outdoor raised bed clay soil aerated: like freeze-thaw cycles expanding water to create voids or air spaces.

It's too bad that they swell when wet instead of swelling when dry: over-watered soil needs extra air channels more than dry soil.

But for marginally over-watered soil, maybe these beads would pull enough water out of the soil that some air could re-enter. In other words, they might increase the amount by which you could over-water without drowning roots.

I recently saw a "broadfork" demonstrated as a low-till way to keep soil "open" without turniong it over and exposing new weed seedfs. I like that idea too.

But having little plastic pellets loosen the soil for me every time it rains sounds cool! Like little ballons.

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