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The cheapest water retaining gel?
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Old 07-04-2012, 8:48 PM
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Default The cheapest water retaining gel?

Any advice on where to find the cheapest water retaining gel at the moment?
Ive found 1kg for 13.99 on ebay but there must be a cheaper source somewhere.
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Old 07-04-2012, 9:24 PM
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If its just for hanging baskets/Tubs for flowers you can use the crystals in a disposable nappy.I'd do this for flowers but not veg.
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Old 08-04-2012, 1:15 AM
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Not a huge amount cheaper, but Aldi have them at 2.99 for 300g at the moment, if not sold out (came in on Thurs).
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Old 08-04-2012, 1:33 PM
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Not jel but ....

What used to be
sold as "Tesco's Premium", I think it's now "Tesco Dust Free", is
produced as a horticultural additive, but sold for many times the price.

Apparently discussed
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Old 08-04-2012, 2:25 PM
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Give it a week or two and you can usually find this in the pound shop. How much? you guessed it..............
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Vermiculite. You can buy 100litres for 20 at hydroponic shops or smaller bags at your local garden center. It aids aeration and drainage yet retains useful amounts of water for when needed. It's ph neutral. A 50/50 mix for hanging baskets or less.
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Old 09-04-2012, 5:53 PM
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99p shops have bags of water retaining gel crystals....for 99p!

Do you have/are you a member of your local gardeners/allotment association? They usually have such things at near cost price and membership is only a couple of quid a year.
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Old 09-04-2012, 8:26 PM
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