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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: Elaine
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Dec 9, 2013 8:30 AM CST
Hm, I'm always up for saving and using water efficiently, but I put salt into water when I cook potatoes, which is about the only thing I do boil.

Some plants are very sensitive to salt, in fact here in FL we can use salty water to kill some weeds like Bahia grass. I'd be cautious here!

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Name: Carole
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Dec 9, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Yes, use the water you boil and then season after. And use the usual caution if the plants are especially sensitive.
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