Did you know you can make your own Super Soil Hydrogel using Diapers? You’ll love this Diaper Soil Plants Recipe …
We were totally amazed to see how Diapers can help your plants grow and you will be too! This idea will save you time and it’s environmentally friendly. It reduces landfill by using disposables.
By following the steps, you’ll be able to make a totally non-toxic Super Gel to improve your garden and reduce your watering by half. All you need is a disposable Diaper (new or ‘gently’ used), Water Crystals and some all purpose Potting Soil.
As you know Diapers absorb liquid but you may be surprised at exactly just how much! In the tutorial, the diaper absorbed 4 cups of water in just seconds. That’s a lot of water!
Once absorbed, pull apart the diaper and empty the contents into a bowl. Now you’ve got your own homemade supply of diaper gel! Grant Thompson ‘The King of Random’ has put together this informative tutorial and a video is included below.
You can even use the end product, the diaper gel, to make your fresh cut flowers last longer and it also incredibly handy for growing seeds quickly and easily.
Diaper Soil Plants Recipe Video
We have included Grant’s video regarding making your own Super Soil and we highly recommend that you watch it. This will change the way you garden. Be sure to share this great idea with your family and friends. To view, click Play above ⇑
As you can see from the photos above, you can use food coloring to pretty up the Hydrogel or you can leave it clear. If you use colored, be aware that this will have a direct effect on the color of the plant. Grant also packed some in an airtight bag, which he froze overnight. The result, a leakproof ice pack .. brilliant!
One adult sized Diaper makes over 12 cups. Any little bits of cotton wadding that breaks off can be mixed in.
Diaper Soil Plants Recipe
Once you have your Hydrogel, it’s time to turn it into super soil. You need some all purpose potting soil and a large mixing bowl to dump it in. Add equal parts of dirt and gel, then begin working the two together until they’re thoroughly mixed. Now you’ve not got a super absorbent, super soil that’s light and fluffy.
It’s perfect for your potted plants. Throw a little soil into the pot first, then help your plant get comfortable. To hold it firm in place, just keep packing more soil until everything sits tight. You can finish up by giving the plant a bit more water, and now with the super crystals in your soil, your plant can go twice as long between waterings.
You’ll save time and money, it’s the ideal way to get your seeds started. All you need to do is pop them in a batch of the diaper soil. Simply give it a decent mix, or sprinkle the seeds on top. Fill a container of your choice, add a bit of water, and find a place that you can set and forget. Over the course of a week, your seeds will automatically sprout and begin to grow. There’ll be no extra effort or additional water required.
In the event of extreme overwatering, ordinarily, plants would drown or begin to rot. This is where hydrogel soil rises to the occasion. Being infused in the soil, the excess water is quickly absorbed, keeping the soil damp and fluffy, and potentially saving your plants. The reason this mixture will hold so much liquid is due to the super-absorbent water crystals. They’ll hold over 500 times their weight in water. If you want to separate them out, simply rip apart the wadding in the diaper and shake upside down over a piece of paper. The cotton fluff should blow away, and you’ll be left with just the crystals.
This diaper gel can work on your existing plants too! As the gel expands and contracts, it will naturally aerate the soil as it does. Just grab a knife and a spoon, and gently nestle them down between the roots, and spread them apart to form a gap. Now you can drop some gel down to the roots, work the soil back together, and continue around the pot until all your water-gel is used up. One of our favorite tips is Grant’s final idea and that is to preserve your fresh cut flowers by adding sugar, vinegar, and a bit of bleach to some warm water.
This will create a homemade flower food and when you add your slush powder, you’ll see it absorbs the solution and slowly grows up to 60 times its size. By agitating the gel, you can create an awesome effect that looks like crushed ice.
Not only does it look amazing, it releases water as the flowers need it. You are also feeding them at the same time. The gel is completely non-toxic. It’s biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It’s a great option for working into your garden. Some other great ways to preserve the longevity of your flowers according to Readers Digest are -:
Top Tip —> Trim the ends of your flower stems daily, to keep them fresh
via Dream Garden 101
Another great idea for watering that we thought we would share is this Plastic Bottle Drip Feeder. This will come in handy particularly if you are going away for an extended period and for those plants that are not so easily accessible. All you need to do is put some holes in the bottle, fill it with water and bury it with the plant or in your garden. The smaller the holes, the slower the release of water. Be sure to leave the lid off too.
Now, back to the super soil .. Not only will this save you on watering costs, but it will also last quite a few seasons before it needs to be replaced.
So, now you know how you can take an ordinary diaper and convert it into a super absorbent potting soil that will help keep your plants happy and healthy.
Here’s another easy and inexpensive tip for using Diapers around your garden – pop one in the bottom of your hanging basket to retain moisture and stop your baskets drying out.
This Hydrogel is so versatile you can sprinkle your seeds on top and leave them for a few days to germinate. It’s quick, easy and stress-free. You won’t be able to wait to try these ideas! The Hydrogel or Super Soil will last for several garden seasons without needing to be replaced.
—> See how to grow seeds quickly and easily here