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I have been watering my allotment with grey water from the kitchen which would have contained hand wash soap my peas which were sown in the autumn and have pods on have started to look very pale and mottled I feel it can only be the grey water I have now watered them with fresh tap water should I also give them a organic liquid feed and do you think they will recover broad beans have been watered in the same way but look ok and will seed sown using the grey water be ok also



If the peas are showing yellow mottling, banding, spotting or striping, they may be virused. If they are, you need to remove and burn or dispose of them.
the question of whether its okay to use grey water is a tough one - it rather depends what detergent/soap products are contained within it. Eco friendly detergent/soaps will be fine, not too sure about standard soaps and detergents, I'd be reluctant to use it on small plants, but on the other hand, if that's the only water available, it might have to do.

6 May, 2011


is grey water from kitchen harmful to plants

type the above in your search engine box some interesting reading on the sites that show. can't copy and post due to copyrights law. the other thing worth thinking about is to use old tights to filter it, not when 'er in doors' is wearing them. only on established plants never on seed and spray/pour on ground not over the plants. Mulching helps to kill off quickly any harmful bacteria as well as retaing moisture...the litte info i've been told.

6 May, 2011


Thank you very much for the comments

6 May, 2011


In the extremely dry summer of '76 I used grey water to throw over my rose bushes to keep the greenfly down. It worked - and also gave me self-seeded tomato plants (from all the salads we ate) that fruited too late for the tomatoes to turn red, but gave me jars of Green Tomato Chutney. ;o)

7 May, 2011

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