I love reading the excellent feedback you guys share, and once again there were some great responses that felt like they deserved the spotlight. Here are some excellent reader tips on adding green to small spaces and on reusable menstrual products.
Greening Small Spaces
Commenter Jane grows red onions, green onions, and tomatoes in containers and had great ideas for container gardeners. My favorite tip?
The great thing about containers, is that they can be moved to sunnier locations when necessary, or taken out of the rain when they’ve had too much. Being able to move them around is a huge plus.
If you're planning to go the upside down planting route to take advantage of vertical space, Jane recommends:
Hang your upside-down (I did use the “seen on tv”) planter first. I found it awfully heavy to lift and hang, once full of soil. There is also the little flat part on top, that afterwards, I was able to place a small tray of birdseed on as well for the small birds.
Such a simple suggestion, but one that would make a big difference in how much effort it takes to get your upside down planter going.
Reusable Menstrual Products
Wow, you guys had a lot to say about this! I'm glad there are other ladies out there that like talking about their Diva Cups as much as I do.
Paula shares some Diva Cup love:
I love my Diva cup! I have to admit when I received it I wondered how the heck THAT was going to fit! It folds very well and it’s so nice not having to run to the restroom every couple of hours to change out tampons.
One thing that I was very surprised about after I started using the cup…I didn’t have that terrible odor like something had died up there! I never realized that your menstrual flow doesn’t really smell bad, it was the tampons that “fermented” that smelled so bad.
I'm so glad that she brought up folding, because that is definitely key to inserting the cup. Your cup should come with instructions, but you can also find help on folding on the Diva Cup website. Just click "How to Use The DivaCup" and then "Do you have more folding suggestions?"
Kuri is a Glad Rags fan that shared her tips for keeping them in good shape:
I switched over to GladRags several years ago and find them super-easy to deal with. I just add them to the wash with my other clothes and line dry them with the rest of my undies. I still keep a few disposable products for when I’m travelling and won’t have access to my washing machine, but the pads are really not the hassle that many people think they are. (emphasis mine)
Amen to that! These products might seem like they're a lot of work, but once you get the hang of them, it's no big deal. Remember learning to insert tampons for the first time? It seemed so scary, but after a few cycles it was second nature.
Amber Bowman loves her Mooncup and has a crafty idea for making your own cloth pads:
I have been using a keeper cup for many years. They last for about ten years and you can choose rubber or silicone. I prefer the rubber but the dogs made a chew toy out of that one a while back (yuck!) and I replaced it with silicone to try something new. The cup is far superior to tampons in my opinion. As for the pads, at my house we upcycle old socks that have gotten holes into reuseable pads