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Q.Using clean diaper for edible plant gardening

Zone Northern Virginia | Aquatx added on May 7, 2015 | Answered

Is it safe to use a clean diaper for edible plant gardening? I like to grow herbs in containers, but travel occasionally. Can I safely use the absorbent pad, or only the absorbent granules – if I can separate them out – as an underpayment, or mixed into the soil for growing edibles?

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Answered on May 7, 2015

Potting soil that is labeled as "moisture control" has water absorbent polymers in it, which I believe are the same kind that are inside of diapers. So, in that sense they should be safe, but I can't say with 100% certainty. And, only fresh diapers should be used. You can cut the diaper liners into 1 inch squares for use in potting soil.

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