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Re: [nafex] Soil ammendmends (Not satire)


Having had a dog who thought it was fun to find and shred diposable diapers, I
can tell you it is easy to isolate the material that holds water.

The best way to isolate the material is to soak the diaper in a pail of
water.  The material will swell to be the size of small jelly beans, (which
are esy cut out and collect) and this will rinse out any baby urine.

Anyone who has used disposal diapers knows they always runs into the odd
diaper that is barely damp, but it is time to change the kid anyway, so why
waste it.


Ginda Fisher wrote:

> Joe, I have not used baby diapers, but I have not been seriously tempted
> by "aqua gel", either.  Well, it occurs to me that I threw a little of
> it in a planter next the the door last year, because the fixed concrete
> box is completely protected from rain.  But that's a very small (and
> very visible) location.
> For a larger, and less visible spot, I bet a disposable diaper would
> work well.  It would be a pain to shred it fine enough, but the less
> visible the spot, the less important that would be :)  Moisture
> retention is not a problem in my soil, so I don't think I'll be
> experimenting.  I would recommend you use a new one, on the general
> theory that people can carry diseases of people, if you get my drift.
> (That means giving up the ones '"fortified" with organic plant nutrients
> and enriched with micro-organisms', but I don't think you want THOSE
> micro-organisms.  I could be wrong.)  I'd also recommend you chop it
> fairly fine and mix it well with soil, because otherwise I'd worry about
> little roots getting waterlogged every time it rained.  Those things can
> hold a LOT of water.
> Let us know how it works,
> Ginda
> jhecksel@voyager.net wrote:
> >
> > I wish to discuss a delicate matter.
> >
> > I did not want to bring up the subject but planting season is upon us
> > and the question can no longer wait. (Brag warning) I moved four pear
> > trees last night.
> >
> > I see that several of my catalogs sell soil amendments with names like
> > "Aqua-gel" to be added to the hole when planting.  These amendments grab
> > water and hold it.  So I presume they are most valuable in sand and
> > gravel that have very low moisture retention.  Seems like I read that
> > these materials are starch grains grafted onto fibers.  They swell up
> > and absorb many, many, many times their weight in water.
> >
> > So, my question is:  "Does anybody have any opinions, or admit to, using
> > disposable baby diapers in the bottom of the planting hole?"  The
> > absorbent material in diapers is the very same stuff.  They are *very*
> > cheap compared to the material sold in the catalog....especially the
> > ones that are "fortified" with organic plant nutrients and enriched with
> > micro-organisms.
> >
> > Who knows, this might be the start of a great business and recycling
> > concept.
> >
> > --
> >
> >                                                -Joe Hecksel
> >                                                 Eaton Rapids, Michigan
> >
> > Home of organically fortified, micro-organism enriched, water retention
> > planting aids.  Prices upon request.
> >
> > Personal webpage open to the public at
> > http://my.voyager.net/jhecksel
> > Criticism welcomed.
> >

Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 6a

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