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Ref mike allens reply that water is ok to water the garden with and bugs etc are harmless!!!
I can assure you if this was the case then water authoraties wouldn't spend a penny more than they have to spend filtering all the water we drink out of the tap
They'd just not bother And make the share holders very happy.
even fresh water stream's can carry all kinds of germs, take for instance if an animal dies up stream starts to rot away and your down stream out of sight of this rotting animal "Do you honestly think the stream water is 100% safe?
And we're talking about a fresh water stream with moving water "Not a butt with months of stored water in it.
Im lucky enough to have a pool and as part of the start to the day i walk over to inspect the pool after an evenings visit's from who knows what and offten i find dead mice etc in the pool,
It wouldn't take very long for these dead mice to have a family of maggots feeding off their dead bodies if i didnt remove them from the pool,
the common fly,/ mosquito etc all carry germs.
Mike was referring to watering the garden, he wasn't equating the water from a butt with potable water from the tap. He said ".... Any natural bugs, spores etc that may develp in a water butt are relatively harmless, when it come to watering the garden. ...."
And I can assure you that human urine is frequently used as an activator on compost heaps in this garden
I did and can read well what mike had to say,
The qustion we we're all asked was is it safe to use water from 4 month storage in a water butt that smells,
My reply was i wouldnt "But you could use that water to make a fertilizer" if you wanted to use it for anything.
Mike went on to say all butt water was ok to use on the garden as the soil would kill any nasties,
I disagree and said why,
And ref the urine use,
I was simply informing those who didnt know of the uses of the contents on compost making,
And that if we looked at what was used to grow food in the first place we'd never eat any veg grown from waste,
But the main point i was making was also ref what the tv program pointed out ref how bacon is washed in chemicles that "DO" cause illness if you eat a said amount of Bacon treated this way; and this is a modern way of treating food.
But if you use urine on your compost ? good for you, im not saying dont
What i was saying is we're no better today than the victorian gardeners were of yesterday but we dont seem to have the verious illness they suffered with
I wonder if its because most of us drink clean water, can now understand a lot more ref whats in the food we're told is safe "when in fact it isn't"
And the fact that even the goverment has said all packaging must show what the product is made of and whats added,
So many companies dont want the customer to know whats added, I wonder why!!!!!
And we have a very big health problem with people the size's they are "over wieght"
I for one would'nt tell anyone its ok to use any form of feed or water that i didnt believe was safe and water that smells and has sat there for 4 months i wouldn't think was the very best to use,
Well ive off to enjoy a nice cup of coffee, whats your poison "urine in a glass maybe".
Have a nice day.
It's water, full of stuff that's in the surroundings.
I'd put it on the garden, but not on leaves I'd be eating.
I wouldn't drink it.
Everyone has opinions, that's fine, I acknowledge SD's opinion, and Dove's and Mike's
and my own
Me also I second what you've said "Nutcutlet".
I dont believe in any free meals and if you take health as some sort of expectation your only fooling yourself for as long as your healthy,
Let the safe fence fall down and pay the price and its not always a case of "when i recover i'll never take that chance again,
Some people dont recover and it's not always the fault of the consumer,
bad health practice is all around us and some times you cant help but think why has it taken so long for laws to change ref what is excepted and what isn't,
Just to show you one point of what im talking about,
" Here in france the powers tobe have now said that all manure from any farm cannot be used as silage on the fields were the same farm cattle have been bred,
this is because the powers tobe think this manured grass is eaten by the same live stock that their manure was used to grow the grass and this causes those animals to cross infect,
Farmers are up in arms with this "NEW" idea and are now wondering what they are to do with all this manure they have piled up in the fields,
(ONCE CALLED LIQUID GOLD)
Once this manure was spread over the ground to feed the cattle next spring but not anymore.
As im sure you can see this idea of the soil will sort out any bacteria isn't working anymore so dirty water will be thought of as the same cross infection.
Some of the old ways of thinking and practicing are changing fast And as i said forums such as this are for the amature gardeners but when it comes to health then the years of Lab testing and the results found are all done by trained people who have the interest of health as their main issue and its because of such people and their education and findings that we can continue to live in a healthy state.
I hope this little lot will shine a light on why times are changing.
um.. not really...
Hi all ,iv not long ago purchased from Gumtree a 1000 ltr dark blue ex grape extract butt just the job for water storage,i also got a ready made Hozelock twin conector made for these buts about £5 and im running 2 hoses off it ,the amount of water it holds allows me to use the hose pipes to reach all over the garden and water on a slow release type of thing, no more buckets, I was lucky to get the butt and delevery local for £30,but on line there about £50 And charge a lot to delver,but they are a godsend for water storage, i also use a drop of rapeseed oil on top of the water and a table spoon of Jeyes, pots of clematis ,Honeysuckle and a nice fig tree are now growing through the metal cage it comes in to camouflage it.and Smokings got 2 lucky devil, good luck all raining erein Norfolk
As I'm not fit enough to clean out my water butts, although the water looks reasonably clean, I use this water for my flowers but use the hose for veg. I just feel happier doing it this way.