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GREBJACK
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10/16/11 3:36 P

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My husband fixed a pretty bad slug problem (shady, poorly-drained clay soil) with coffee grounds. Apparently caffeine is pretty toxic to slugs, and I've heard earthworms, too.

I dump my dishwater outside all summer long, but they grey water goes down the drain in the winter.


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9/3/11 8:48 P

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Hi JWOURMS

I've heard on the radio (Radio 4, Gardener's QuestionTime, if you're in the UK!) that although grey water from baths & washing up is ok on flowers & shrubs, it shouldn't be used on edible crops, especially salads, because of possible contamination that could cause food poisoning- (think of the ecoli outbreaks this year!)

Don't know if your condenser dryer water would fall into this category or not, but probably best to only use it on non-edibles to be on the safe side.

I also have a water butt for rainwater, which I use on my pots of veg. Excellent for blueberries too, as no chlorine.

I put used teabags in a jug and make a second, weaker brew of tea to pour on my Acer tree- and apparently slugs don't like coffee grounds if you put them around your plants- although I'm not sure if there's any truth in that one!
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9/1/11 10:12 P

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My dad has an on demand water heater, I actually find it takes longer to get hot water - so where you save $ energy wise you waste it in water. Maybe I'll do a little experiment - see how long it takes for my water to heat up, then do a similar test @ my dad's house.


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I'm in your same camp! I hate taking a cold shower but also hate wasting water while it warms up. Same with the dish water.... I wish we had the kind of water heater that only heats the water as needed.

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I catch the water from my dishes also, but my dishpan recently broke!! UGH I cannot find another one locally.

But I catch all the water _ i keep the food bits to a bare minimum, then I take it outside and dump it into a 5 gallon bucket. I take the bucket & empty it each day, pouring it on my trees around the property. I also have a well that has non potable water. I rigged up a pump & use that to also water stuff on the property, now that I'm using recycled or well water for most of my watering needs my water bill has almost been cut in half! VERY happy about that!!

I also have a table that my seedlings sit on, as I water the excess flows off the table in one spot, so I stuck a bucket there to catch it all. I put it back in my large container to use again for watering.

I also have two 55 gallon rain barrels, hoping to have more this next year.

would love to use a bucket to catch my shower water - you know all the water that is wasted while you're waiting for it to warm up. and use that to water, its good clean water, it's a shame it just goes down the drain. I'm sure my BF would think I'm nuts!!

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8/24/11 3:57 A

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Rather than the heat from the dryer being vented outside there is a container that needs to be empited every 3-4 loads.
There's a fuller description of them here.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clothes_dryer

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8/23/11 1:00 P

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I;'m not sure what a condesenser dryer is. Can you explain that further?

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8/23/11 7:59 A

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I have a condesenser dryer. I vaugely remember reading that the water should not be used for human consumption afterwards. I've been putting the water down the drain, unsure if I could use it for plants.

It didn't give any further details. Any thoughts on why? Do you think it would work for watering plants?

I have a rain butt (what they're called here in the UK) primarily for watering my blueberries and cranberries.

One tip that I always try to make sure is to only fill the kettle with the actual amount of water I need. 3/4 full for a pot of french press coffee; 1/2 for a pot of tea, 2 cups for making stock.
It saves energy too.

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I'm putting in new landscaping in my backyard. It's the shadiest area I have, so I plan to put in a lot of hosta and other shade lovers. I'm going to mulch with bark, and we have a downspout that needs diverting around a new patio, but I recently decided I'm going to put a rain barrel there instead. I'll elevate it and be sure to buy one with a spout at the bottom so I can water my hosta with it. It actually will solve two additional problems (aside from water waste,) it will keep the water from wearing away the sand under my patio pavers and it will really help with watering my plants, because we couldn't put a hose spigot back there when the house was built (for some reason, I never understood and can't now recall, it was against code.)


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I will use the water that comes from my airconditioner, same idea as the dehumidifier water and sometimes my vegetable cooking water.
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You don't see many houses that are plumbed to catch grey water. I read about this back in the 70s as an innovation but it sure hasn't caught on. My rain barrel is just outside my kitchen sink window. If I took the screen off I could practically just toss it into the barrel....I wonder what that would grow?

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I just put a dishpan in my kitchen sink. We will see if that helps. For one thing, it's smaller than the sink and hold less water. For another, it will catch the running water if we let the tap run for one reason or another.

My mother always uses one in her kitchen sink. I don't remember why my husband did not like the idea. Maybe I will find out though when he gets home.

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oops...I just threw away that canning water....I'm thinking it would be a bit acidic having just cooked tomatoes and the water is a bit reddish. I'm so anxious to cool the kitchen that it goes right down the drain.

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I try to use the water I use to do boiling and steaming of some foods. And definitely re-use the water I use to do boiling-water method of canning.

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At this time of year I am especially conscious of wasting water. Ugh! I think of people who have to haul all their water and cringe at all that I flush down a drain to get it the right temperature.

I use the water from my dehumidifier to water plants and have 2 rain barrels, but aside from that I'm not doing much. Anyone have some good suggestions - short of installing an expensive gray water system?

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