[nafex] drought

Ginda Fisher ginda at concentric.net
Sun Mar 3 22:21:50 EST 2002


How bad is typical laundry detergent?  What should I watch out for?  
I've been thinking of getting a small sump-pump to move the rinse water 
from the laundry up to the back yard.  (Hauling it by bucket involves 
carrying it through too many rooms where a spill would be troublesome, 
but a hose up and out the window looks do-able.)


On Sunday, March 3, 2002, at 10:09 PM, Doreen Howard wrote:

> Ginda,
> Even if you have water restrictions due to drought this summer, you can
> water a new currant bush or two with gray water--leftover water from the
> house.  The dog or cat's stale water dish (instead of dumping it),
> dishwashing water, bath water, even washing machine water, if you don't 
> use
> phosphate-loaded soaps.  I grew up in arid So. Calif. where we watched 
> our
> water consumption all the time.  I remember how my Dad rigged the hose 
> from
> the washing machine to pour into his vegetable garden.  And we used to 
> haul
> dish water out to the lemon and banana trees all the time.
> Doreen Howard,
> Wisconsin, Zone 4b, where winter finally arrived--2 feet of snow fell 
> in the
> last two days.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ginda Fisher" <ginda at concentric.net>
> To: "NAFEX" <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2002 8:14 PM
> Subject: [nafex] drought
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>> I was planning on putting in several shrubs this spring (including a
>> couple of currants, so this isn't entirely off-topic) but we've had an
>> unusually warm and dry winter, and I'm worried we'll have a drought 
>> this
>> summer.  I can probably water anyway (my town rarely has tight water
>> restrictions - every-other day is about as bad as I've seen it) but I
>> wonder if I ought to just wait a year.
>>
>> In some ways, how much it rains during the spring and summer may be 
>> more
>> important to success than how wet the winter was, but if it's generally
>> dry, maybe more water would be needed.  And then, even if we don't hve
>> real watering restrictions, I don't want to be wasteful in a dry year.
>>
>> Any thoughts?
>>
>> Ginda FIsher
>> eastern Mass, zone 6
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