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    • TeaCake
    • By TeaCake 7th Apr 12, 8:48 PM
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    The cheapest water retaining gel?
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    • 7th Apr 12, 8:48 PM
    The cheapest water retaining gel? 7th Apr 12 at 8:48 PM
    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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    • hazzie123
    • By hazzie123 7th Apr 12, 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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    • fwor
    • By fwor 8th Apr 12, 1:15 AM
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    • 8th Apr 12, 1:15 AM
    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).
  • poppysarah
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    • 8th Apr 12, 1:33 PM
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    • 8th Apr 12, 1:33 PM
    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
    http://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basicscatlitter.htm
    • onejontwo
    • By onejontwo 8th Apr 12, 2:25 PM
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    • 8th Apr 12, 2:25 PM
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    • 8th Apr 12, 2:25 PM
    Give it a week or two and you can usually find this in the pound shop. How much? you guessed it..............
    • walkers-crisps are evil
    • By walkers-crisps are evil 8th Apr 12, 10:19 PM
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    walkers-crisps are evil
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    • 8th Apr 12, 10:19 PM
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    • 8th Apr 12, 10:19 PM
    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.
    • davehills
    • By davehills 9th Apr 12, 5:53 PM
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    • 9th Apr 12, 5:53 PM
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    • 9th Apr 12, 5:53 PM
    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.
  • zee
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    • 9th Apr 12, 8:26 PM
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    • 9th Apr 12, 8:26 PM
    http://aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/offers_week14Thursday12.htm?WT.z_src=main
    hope it helps.
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