Soil Wetter

Alf is turning into the Readers Digest Handy Hint Book.

He discovered, albeit by accident, a soil wetter for those pesky bits of the garden that just won’t absorb water.

He only gets part of the credit for this one though, because I noticed what happened and experimented with it.

What, he got 100% credit for the geckos!

Anyway.

Mauritius is very humid, so unless you want everything in your wardrobe or cupboards to turn green, you’d be very wise to buy tubs of de-humidifier from the supermarket (there are a lot of different brands, and they all work well). And they’re cheap – they cost around rs50.

DehumidifierThey sit in your cupboard, quietly collecting moisture from the air.

When they’re full you throw them out and buy a new one.

Unless you’re Alf.

He likes to empty the water out and use them a second time.

He emptied one out onto the sawdust path.

And the patch remained wet for a week. When it rained, that same patch stayed wet after the rest of the path had dried.

I watched that patch a lot. I didn’t stare, just watched.

The next time a tub was full, Alf carefully poured the water into an empty plastic bottle for me.

I poured a little into the watering can, filled it up with water, found some plants I didn’t mind losing, watered around them a little, then watered it in with the hose.

It works perfectly, and goes a long way.

However, with no ingredients on the label, I won’t be using it on the vegetable garden when I get around to planting it!

Thank you, Alf.

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