For years I tried to start seeds in my home...I never seemed to get more than about a 20% germination rate! I was pulling water from the kitchen tap (county supplied water), letting it sit for about a day and then using it. I "accidentally" used rainwater...my germination rate jumped to like 80%! Anyone else having "watering" issues?
If you pull a glass of water from my tap and hold it under your nose...it will almost immediately make your eyes and nose burn! We have drank and washed in this water for over 20 years...I am seriously considering the whole house purifying system!
Post by mountains gardener on Jan 14, 2015 8:20:20 GMT 10
I don't know were you life, maybe it's the chlorine. I don't know weather fluoride does something to the plants. Tab water is usually higher in ph which is bad for azaleas and acid loving plants. We have a rain water tank which is plumbed into the house, so what comes out of the tap is rain water.
I am about 30 miles north of Atlanta, in a residential zoned neighborhood. And, only recently have I started learning about rainwater harvesting...I have recently learned a lot of things that are bringing about some serious changes! Water has become one of the forefront issues for me! IMHO rainwater catchment is the first and only logical way to build anymore!
I live in the PNW and use exclusively rainwater for my seedlings, cuttings and house plants. Obviously we have no shortage of rainwater, and the difference it makes in my plants is unbelievable. I would strongly suggest developing a rain water catchment system. Do your research and design a system that is sized appropriately for your needs, catchment area and climate. Also be sure to look into local regulations regarding catchment and storage of rain water. The Department of Making You Sad might have a thing or two to say about it.