Watering Plants With Used Household Water

Question From: K. Hooper - Northville, Michigan, United States
Q: Hi Nancy, I liked your article on coffee grounds in today's paper. I'll start using spent grounds immediately. I wondered if you had ever tried using left over pasta water to water potted plants. I've been using it for the past couple of summers and it seems to really help plant growth and flower blooms. May even improve the plants resistance to dry periods. Thanks, Keith

A: Keith, Before fertilizers became available housewives tossed dish water, water used cook vegetables, and yes pasta water on their gardens. In England a few drops of urine mixed with water when rinsing out the night pot - called night water was used to fertilize gardens. Waste not want not. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy