In the garden as well as on the balcony, watering your plants is an essential gesture that guarantees their good health and flowering. Especially potted plants, which suffer more from lack of water, because their roots have a reduced surface area. However, there is an amazing trick that you can use when watering your plants. As you well know, when it comes to watering, prevention is better than cure!
The reason why you need to water your plants with washing machine water
Few people know that plants can be watered with water from the washing machine without being damaged. (Under certain conditions of course that we will see in this article)
At every start, the washing machine consumes up to 62 liters of water. Therefore, those who never reuse this water for other household tasks contribute significantly to water waste.
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This water is rich in micronutrients that help plants grow.
Water is, for all living beings, a resource of essential micronutrients and, when properly transported, incorporates other valuable substances contained in the soil, fertilizers and compost.
Many cleaning products used on a daily basis can be harmful to the health of the people who use them and can also harm plants. Therefore, certain rules must be followed when water the plants with such water.
It is recommended to simply spray this water on potted plants and in the garden. This can prevent the appearance of pests and eliminate existing ones such as whiteflies. Instead, in large gardens, the water from the washing machine can be used to water the plants at intervals of 15 days, especially where the leaves are affected by pests.
The use of an ecological and biodegradable detergent in the washing machine is also essential for this trick to work. This trick also works if you use a laundry ball to wash your clothes.
Finally, keep in mind that you can add coffee grounds, vegetable cooking water, or even mixed eggshells to the wash water. These are natural fertilizers that will increase the power of your wash water.
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Why is rainwater beneficial for plants?
The healthy and vigorous growth of our plantations will depend to a large extent on the type of water used. Watering your plants with water that is not of good quality does not mean that the plant will not grow, but rather that there will be a greater risk of it being affected by an unwanted toxin or insect.
You can also use rainwater to water the plants. This water is ideal, as long as it is not acidic (as in heavily polluted areas). It contains very important minerals, such as manganese, sulfur, calcium or titanium, among others, which may have been blown by the wind from the ground in the form of suspended dust. In addition, since its pH is neutral, it is suitable for watering all kinds of plants.
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