Is it okay to use gray water to water my garden?

A:

I'm attaching an article "Using household waste water on plants" that tells a lot about that subject, or you could skip to the last section called "Applying water" to get the main points.

It's great that you are helping combat our drought and the main things to watch out for are:

  1. How your plants react to the gray water,
  2. Awareness of other things in the water like food particles, cooking oil or chemicals from body products you might use (sunscreen!)
  3. Best use is on landscape and flowers saving clean water for your vegetables and fruits.

Rodale's Organic Gardening Encyclopedia also recommends alternating gray water with clean water to give the soil organisms a chance to break down whatever is in the gray water.

Thanks for helping our planet and good luck with the gray water.

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