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Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 6:14 AM


I recently purchased a hand pump system to reuse grey water (bath/shower, etc.). Mine has to pump the water up through the sky light & still works very well. I got my from England for under $50 dollars & they shipped it quickly. You attach it to a garden hose & then water as normal, though it doesn't have full pressure but then you don't want that for pots. I'm really pleased with this gismo & recommend it to any of you on wells or strict water restrictions. The help for the environment, is the icing on the cake

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3352)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 7:24 AM

Sure don't need that here! Thunderstorms every frigging day. Day after day after day after...

Getting really tired of this

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:33 AM

Is the water soapy?

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:37 AM

My grandmother was so way ahead of her time. In the 1950s, she saved her dishwater and rinse water and water from any clothing she washed by hand, and carried it in a bucket out to her flower bed.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:47 AM

I remember my grandmother reusing household water, too, Pat. She pumped every gallon of it out of the ground herself from a wheelchair, reckon that will make you want to get the most out of it.

She also chopped wood and cooked on a wood stove, kept house, tended a garden and raised four daughters pretty much alone while her husband was away on the railroad, until he died when her oldest was twelve and my mom was eight.

I often wonder what she'd think of the world today. She'd be 109, so maybe not much.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 12:20 PM

Laura Bush knows a lot about this, she has to water her husband.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 12:45 PM

If the water is soapy, does that just help fight bugs, since some of the natural gardening gurus use soapy water to fight pests?

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:26 PM

Thanks for the laugh, Clevercloggs

Actually more of a snort. Startled the heck outta my dogs!

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 5:35 AM

The soap doesn't seem to effect the plants. You're right Asor spraying soapy water on roses, lupins, etc. does keep the aphids down. In my yard I don't use any chemicals, even my shampoo & soap are organic. I try to encourage the birds with food & water, provide homes for bats, carefully avoid mowing the snakes & generally allow Mother Nature to have free reign which seems to keep the bugs in check.

Some sneaky birds, the California Quail I think, did eat half my bush beans when the beans were young & tender this year but they're so danged cute, I won't be putting them in the stew pot. The beans were all healthy one day, the next morning just the stocks with one half eaten leaf left behind. Poor pathetic things. Hubby & I couldn't help but laugh. We only have Garter Snakes here & they eat slugs so I welcome them, might feel different if they were poisonous. The Red-Tailed Hawk is back again & we've watched him take a few snakes, fascinating. Aaaah, the circle of life

Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 4:12 PM

Short of water for your plants come to England, we have enough water this summer for everybody..

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3352)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 1:55 PM

It's raining AGAIN. Thunder, lightning, the whole bit. This is worse than tiresome.

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 4:12 PM

*nods* I agree with Bigbird, we don't need any water where I am at. It has rained and rained and rained some more. I am just hoping for 2 dry days in a row so that maybe my yard will dry out enough for me to mow my grass seeing how it's half way up my shins now. It's horrible.....I may just have to break down and mow it while it's still wet and yucky if this rain doesn't stop. It poured the rain all night long and my yard is all squishy and my poor plants are drowning.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 4:18 PM

Please ship all extra rain to the Austin, Texas area. They are in the worst drought in decades.

Godwit  (Level: 81.8 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 12:52 AM

Make a Rain Garden! Beautiful, and holds the water where you want it.

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