Low tech solution to a thirsty garden

Ta da! A bin and it works. I’ve already watered the garden. The bin was cheaper than any water butt I could find and it is also the frugal solution. My washing machine uses 44 litres of water for every load and now I can reuse every drop. I now recycle the shower water, sink water for the toilets and now I can include the washing machine water. I shall only do this when my water butt is empty and I fully intend buying as many water butts as I can afford. I think it is crazy that we wash our clothes, flush our loo and water our garden with pure drinking water. Call me weird if you want, but I’m thrilled that in my very small way I’m sticking two fingers up to South West Water and saving the planet, albeit in a tiny way.

Now the washing machine is just ending the second wash, I’m now going to water the shrubs and plants which are already wilting in the heat. Added later for ‘Saving for Travel’ – it really is as simple as it looks, I just hooked the waste pipe into the bin and then ran the washing machine. I then bucket it into the garden. Added even later……I use ecover, which does not damage the garden and the wash water and the rinse water is mixed and I only use one tablet per wash. Also I will add, my mum washed all our clothes in Tide and all the water on our fruit and veg, maybe some time Persil or Ariel…………..and by the fact that I was fed and I’m still alive; I didn’t die, nor did the plants which the water was tipped over.

Until tomorrow,

Froogs xxxx

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24 thoughts on “Low tech solution to a thirsty garden

  1. It might be low tech…but it works and that is the main thing. Sometimes the solution to a problem can be so simple. Good on you for finding it.

    I agree that in this country we are mad to be flushing our toilets and washing cars etc with pure drinking water….what an absolute waste, it's annoyed me for years.

    Sue xx

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  2. And northern New Jersey is in the middle of one of the worst rain storms I've ever seen. If this were snow, it would be a blizzard in white-out conditions.

    I love the idea of recycling water. At the moment, however, there is no need to do that. We are talking tons of water!

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  3. Well done. Keep an eye open for large plastic drums on builders' skips. We had one as a water butt at our last house [sadly i had to leave it behind when we moved] which we blagged for free from the house owners.

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  4. No way are you weird, just firmly rooted in fugality.

    Brilliant solution; No chance to divert the washing machine water, its built in, I must try the stand in a bowl trick in the shower.

    I agree its madness to use drinking quality water to flush the loo and water the garden. Until the powers that be wake up and sort out a way to recycle water and use rain water for flushing loos we really do not have much choice.

    There are no water butts at the complex where we live, which is a great shame, neither are there any solar panels although several of the roofs face south and solar panels would be a great asset. It would also be a great help with the leccy bills, all the apartments heating is electric.

    I love reading your blog, hearing what you have been up to, keep it up.

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  5. Another great idea, thanks!

    For some reason I was unable to post a comment last night and I wanted to say that regarding Teacher Pensions, Hutton's suggestions are due to take place 2014/2015. Hopefully by then you may be in a smaller house with no debts.
    We are both teachers, hubby's Head is pushing forward Academy status and I teach part-time so we are both also worried about the future. We just keep reminding ourselves of the good stuff in our lives and we are lucky to have plenty of that!

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  6. Another great idea, thanks!

    For some reason I was unable to post a comment last night and I wanted to say that regarding Teacher Pensions, Hutton's suggestions are due to take place 2014/2015. Hopefully by then you may be in a smaller house with no debts.
    We are both teachers, hubby's Head is pushing forward Academy status and I teach part-time so we are both also worried about the future. We just keep reminding ourselves of the good stuff in our lives and we are lucky to have plenty of that!

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  7. I'm loving the econess of this!

    By the way I read today 'According to a report by Halifax a typical guest spends £452 on a wedding, and with the average person attending two nuptials a year the cost of wedding season can soon rack up.'

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  8. Brilliant, simple, cheap and to top all that, it works. Thanks Froogs, you are giving me ideas, especially as I water up by watering can anyway. My kind of idea and utterly useable. I am going to be looking out for a suitable container. Thank you

    Pattypan
    xx

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  9. Your dedication to frugality is admirable!
    We are on a water meter and I am constantly nagging at my family about wasting water, it is almost like watching money run down the drain.

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  10. Yay! Another frugal minded person..I don't feel so alone, and so crazy!!
    I thought you might like this little ditty for your toilet area:
    “if it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down!”
    (only me in my house lives by this!)
    Enjoy your water.
    Nearly.x
    Blog: The Nearly Dream

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  11. This is a great idea. I have also seen the bins with wheels on them, which could be very handy to help move closer to where you need to empty the water. Now to source a bin cheaply or free if I can, have to watch the hard rubbish days.

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  12. We've just connected a waterbutt on to our bathroom down pipe. Although we not on a meter, I can't see the point in wasting this Liquid Gold!
    By the way, I hope you don't mind but I put a link to your post on my blog.
    Thanks for a really good BLOG

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  13. This is going back some posts but I am writing it whilst I think of it.

    I boiled husband's egg for sandwiches this morning and normally run cold water into pan to cool. Don't have water meter but don't like to waste water and just had the thought – it takes ages to cool egg as pan is hot. Take out egg and put in cold mug or dish. Result – no need to keep running cold water onto hot egg!

    Also, egg cooled quickly, no black rim around egg.

    Just a little water saving idea, like any leftover water in kettle put in flask to keep warm, in the morning, tip any water into container to water plants with.

    You've probably covered ALL this in a post somewhere!

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