Re: [gardeners] Tumbler tomatoes

Kay Lancaster (
Thu, 14 May 1998 06:53:25 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 14 May 1998, George Shirley wrote:

> >I do have an unopened box of Viterra Planta-gel in the garage, 
> >a granular super absorbant horticultural hydrogel (polymer) that
> >increases the water holding capacity of the soil -- but I have never
> >tried using it as yet. 
> We've used the planta-gel on house plants but I never thought of using it
> on my hanging baskets. I'm getting by at the moment with just a morning
> watering of one quart per basket. Since I put in two tablespoons of
> osmocote when I planted they really don't need more fertilizer at this time.

Water absorbent gels work quite well in hanging baskets.  As do soil
rewetting agents, to keep water from just pouring through when you
water really dry soil.

> Generally paint won't loosen unless it was put on improperly. A good
> example would be failure to clean the surface well before applying the
> first coat of paint.

Water vapor coming from inside the house can lift paint too.

Kay Lancaster
off to look at yet more overpriced realestate.