Hot Weather Vegetable Survival

If you have vegetable plants in containers and it gets really hot outside in the summer, you can spend a lot of time just keeping them watered. What if you forget?

You can set up an automatic irrigation system, and that will work just fine, but what if you’re just starting out, and that system is a little out of your budget right now? Well, there is a solution that is quick and easy, and will let you miss watering occasionally without worrying about losing your veggies to the summer heat.

Go to the garden center and buy potting soil that contains a special polymer that retains up to 25 times its weight in water, then releases it slowly to the plant as the surrounding soil dries out. Now the polymer itself swells when it takes in water and becomes a gel. You can buy this material as a crystalline powder, but now it seems to be more readily available premixed with potting soil in the right proportions, or even as spikes that you simply stick into the soil of the pot. The polymer is known as polyacrylate, and it’s been around for decades. In fact, it’s the same stuff that’s used in disposable diapers. It’s perfectly inert and safe. Take a look at this video to see some applications.

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