Can you water your plants with water you have steamed veges in?

azzansw(NSW Aust sydney)February 7, 2007


I live in Australia and we are currently experiencing a major drought, it is so bad we are about to go into stage 4 water restrictions so as you can imagine any bit of water is precious.

I was wondering if the water that is left over after I steam my vegetables allright to water my plants with?(obviously after it is cooled down)

Cheers Aaron.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, as long as there is no salt, butter, etc.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2007 at 12:40PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

I think cooking water comes under the term 'grey water', which is water you wouldn't want to drink, but actually doesn't have anything more human-sickening than soap in it. Your plants just might think you are giving them a treat, since most cooking water will have traces (and thus nutrients) of the vegs that had been cooked.

If you aren't already, switch to using soap (not detergent) for washing everything including dishes and people; a mild solution of white vinegar is an excellent rinse for soapy items. The used wash and rinse waters are quite satifactory for gardens -- remember that soapy water is an OG treatment to get rid of bugs in the garden.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2007 at 10:37AM
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