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Use Leftover Cooking Water To Water Plants

By SongofJoy
December 9, 2013

When you boil or steam vegetables, don't pour the water down the drain. Save the cooled water and use it to water potted plants. Many plants will respond well to the added nutrients from the water. Fruit and vegetable peels can also be soaked in water for about eight hours before the water is used to water houseplants. Strain out the peelings and toss them onto the compost pile.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 8, 2013 8:01 PM CST
I hope I can remember this over the holidays. Great idea!
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frostweed
Dec 8, 2013 8:29 PM CST
I don't have house plants, but I use the leftover coffee and juices on my outdoor potted plants and on the compost pile as well. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Dec 9, 2013 2:40 AM CST
Thanks. I know what you mean - remembering can be the tricky part. We don't have mandatory water conservation here but it's a good habit to get into, IMHO.
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Dutchlady1
Dec 9, 2013 4:09 AM CST
Remembering, yes, and storing it until it is cool enough not to scald the plants! But I like the idea and it makes sense.
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Danita
Dec 9, 2013 7:13 AM CST
Interesting idea! Smiling You'd need to be careful that you didn't use cooking water that had salt added to it, though.
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frostweed
Dec 9, 2013 8:07 AM CST
I just keep a bucket in the kitchen close to the sink and all the leftover liquids go in there.
Granted it is not pretty but it serves the purpose. Smiling
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rocklady
Dec 9, 2013 8:25 AM CST
@Danita You are correct. The salt wouldn't be good for plants.
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SongofJoy
Dec 9, 2013 10:39 AM CST
We're not heavy salt users. In fact, we rarely salt anything and do that individually after food is cooked. And I never salt the water for steamed vegetables. Just use common sense about the amount of salt in the water before cooling and using. :)
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