One of my neighbors swears by putting a clean disposable diaper plastic side down 6 to 10 inches below the bottom of the tomatoe transplant. I guess it is because of the watersorb in the diaper, the roots have a really good water supply down there? Anyone else tried this?
Drew, I would not ask Carolyn that, because she'll probably tell you not to forget the matchsticks(Books), birth control pills, lucky rabbits foot etc. I'm new to the game, but never heard of it or tried it, then again I have no children, so diapers are not high on my shopping list. If it works give it a shot, you could only learn by trying, and give us the feedback, and good luck with the tomatoes. Your gardening friend, Danny
Why not try moisture control granules? Lot cheaper than diapers. Look it up at "Gardeners Supply".
Actually, diapers work great in hanging baskets, keeping you from having to water daily (works great for when you want to take a fews days trip)!
Someone in the dry area of Calif put diapers in the planting hole of a shrub she planted in an effort to having to keep from watering so often. It worked great!
Basically the idea is the diaper holds water and as the soil around the plants roots dries out the water is absorbed back into the soil (capillary action).
Also you can buy a 4 or 5 pk. of diapers at the dollar store. Probably not to good for baby wetness but plants we wouldn't want to keep there bottom too dry. This sounds like it is worth trying.
I think it's a clever idea - and so "charming" as well, lol!