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4/8/12 6:14 P

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I pour my dishwater out in the garden when it hasn't rained for a while. It's as simple as having a pan for washing and rinsing and I take them out instead of pouring them down the drain. I agree about doing it immediately before it gets funky. I don't eat meat, and I use a biodegradable dish detergent - I don't know if it's more complicated otherwise. I know that soapy water is a great organic way to attack aphids, so if my spinach or roses are looking chewed upon, I'll pour the water directly over them. Otherwise I pour the dishpans out next to the plants instead of directly on them. I haven't had any problems, and I figure water is heavy enough that I'm getting extra exercise!

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3/29/12 11:32 P

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So, one rule is to use grey water asap w/i 24 hours or it turns into yucky smelling blackwater.
Okay, I understand that and can do that. I hope.

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3/29/12 1:46 P

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Draught is the last thing we are thinking about here in the northwest this month. We started beans, spinach and lettuce seeds inside and finally put them out last weekend. We immediately had 3" of snow and another 3-4 inches of rain this week. The poor things are flattened - I think the lettuce and spinach will recover, but the pole beans are goners. I planted some more seeds outside this morning.

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3/29/12 1:37 P

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If you google "building a rain barrel" there are lots of instructions for building you own. Just pick out the one that is easiest for you to understand.

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3/29/12 1:17 P

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One of the advantages of the barrels.....most of them have a mesh lid on top to discourage mosquitos from breeding. They also keep out leaves and other debris that might blow in and clog the drain mechanism.

I'm starting to see more and more of them available - even at the big box stores now.

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ELISADENK's Photo ELISADENK Posts: 7,652
3/29/12 1:19 A

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I'd love to have a rain barrel!

Right now, I'm using buckets placed under drips. The buckets are in the way. And, it hasn't been raining much. Kind of fun.

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3/28/12 11:25 A

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In NC they want you to have rain barrels. In fact the extension has a big sale on them every year trying to get people to use them. I just got one set up last year and love it.

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3/27/12 11:29 A

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Louisiana is much more couth than Colorado. Our motto here was "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down!"

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3/26/12 11:55 P

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Years ago when I lived in LA we had several years under draught/water restrictions. I used an Amway laundry detergent and put the drain hose of the washing machine into a large (new) garbage can. I used this gray water for my lawns and ornamentals. I also saved all cooking water, and all clean waste water for use on my vegetable garden.

BTW, I remember a sign in a public bathroom during that time. "In these times of draught and sun, we don't flush after Number One!"

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3/26/12 4:06 P

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Good ideas!

I live by a Bay. They do have some laws about not putting 'bad' water down the street drains.

hmmmm

It all seems a bit overwhelming. Maybe I should tackle one thing at a time.

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3/26/12 2:55 P

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ANOTHER THOUGHT:
If you're concerned about ethics, you might want to check out the laws in your state/county. Turns out (we found out after-the-fact) that collecting rainwater AND using bathwater for other purposes are both illegal in Colorado... the rain that falls on our land is not "ours" as the run-off water "belongs" to the county. In addition to that, Colorado is a "single use" state, which means that any water you use can only be used ONCE before you send it on down to the next user. Saving running water that is wasted when you're waiting for the water to heat for a bath or washing dishes? That water is okay to use outside (which we also did) as it hasn't been used once yet. But once it's been used for a load of laundry, shower or even boiling eggs (I also saved that water too) it's no longer yours.

Seems crazy, I know. Water law is a pretty intricate and very emotional topic.


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3/26/12 2:53 P

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When we were in a drought several years ago I used rainwater. My husband set up barrels under the down-spouts on our gutters. We also used bath water but I use all-natural organic soaps & shampoos (ingredients: coconut oil, palm oil, grapeseed oil, purified water, spearmint essential oil, spearmint leaves, vitamin E oil, eucalyptus essential oil) so I wasn't concerned about chemicals and other additives. I agree - I don't think I'd use dishwater because of the oils etc.


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3/25/12 6:34 P

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I'm wouldn't use dish water due to the oils and grease that could be in the water. However, water from you shower and laudry may be able to be used.

Here is a link to greywater usage that might helpl www.graywatergardening.com/

If you want more information on this, there is a lot of information out there, just google grey water for gardening,

You might also consider rain barrels under you downspouts to collect what rain you are getting to save it for your gardens.

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3/25/12 6:21 P

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This is a topic that interest me and which I have started searching on the web to see what's out there and pros, cons, what to and not to do. Here is one link: www.oasisdesign.net/greywater/misinf
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Under there check Irrigation of vegetables with grey water and Irrigation of plants which can't take it or don't need it

The whole thing seems more complicated than just dumping dishwater on plants.

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3/25/12 5:58 P

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My area hasn't gotten the needed rain. So I'm trying to come up with ideas for watering my garden with 'other' water.

Do you have any ideas for me?

Is it okay to water my plants with Ivory dishwater soap? I tried googling it up. I think it's okay, just not sure.

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