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Re: Rusted water drums - what to do?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Rusted water drums - what to do?
  • From: Pat_Elazar@cwb.ca
  • Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 17:11:30 -0600

Someone on the list may have a better memory of the chemical process than I, but there's certainly nothing in the rust (iron oxide) that wasnt either in the water or the drum to start with. Iron is an essential nutrient- although I dont remember if the rust form of Iron Oxide is particularly available to plants.

The only problem I can see would be sediment clogging up your sprinklers/watering cans?

Sent by: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com

03/24/2003 02:31 PM

        To:        jverin@Pennhort.org
        cc:        community_garden@mallorn.com
        Subject:        Re: [cg] Rusted water drums - what to do?


I'm not sure if rusty water is a danger or detriment to plants- we know it
ain't great for people...but our garden avoided what we perceived might be a
problem by using plastic and untreated wood.

You know, why don't you call somebody at your local agricultural extension or
a trusted organic gardener for advice on this one? Unless somebody on the
list knows better....

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

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