Using Stagnant Water

KlutteryMarch 31, 2014

I have a plastic bin outdoors. Last year it filled with leaves, pine straw and water. The water is light brown and has a slightly rancid smell. Having recently planted some snapdragons, I used the water on them, thinking it would be similar to compost tea.

I then began to wonder if the rancid smell is from bacteria and that maybe it shouldn't be used on my plants.

Did I make a mistake?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Dangerous to plants...highly unlikely.

It's probably iron or sulfur reducing bacteria or some form of anaerobic bacteria...either way, the soil should filter it (and the smell) just fine and the plants probably won't care.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 7:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Whew! Thanks for allaying my worries.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 7:58PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Landscape fabric - safe for organic garden?
I'm planning on building wooden boxes, a la Square...
Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study fin
"Clear differences between organic and non-organic...
Papaya Trees
I'm getting ready to plant a few papaya trees in my...
Organic way to get rid of Bermuda grass
Probably a hopeless cause, but is there any way to...
Too cold to compost?
I live in southern Oregon. Day temps are mid-40s; night...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™