Location: N31°43'59" USDA 8a/b
Joined: Wed May 04, 2022 2:28 pm
I was going to move some water that I've had stored in three 5-6 gallon white plastic buckets since last fall to the new garbage can but opening the lids the water is definitely green. The TDS is good in all three of the buckets....0, 2, and 5ppm. But, am I inviting a bunch of algae to start growing rampantly in my pots if I use this water? I hate to ditch it, but I could and then use the buckets to (hopefully) catch some fresher, non-green water. These buckets have been sitting outside in semi-shade since last fall. I filled them up after I had filled the 1st 32-gallon Rubbermaid garbage can up...I just checked and the water in the garbage can is still crystal clear! The difference is the can is black and pretty much sits in shade on the north side of the house while the buckets were exposed to at least an hour or two of direct sun and brighter open shade the rest of the time. I could have avoided this, most likely if I had covered the buckets or moved them to complete shade. Oh well,...
Anyhow, would you start a bulk water saving with the green water or dump it and start mostly from scratch using the buckets to catch fresh water? I've probably got ten gallons of fresh rain water I could start filling it with. A couple of more good rains and I'd have the second 32-gal can topped off. But, I sure could use those buckets with the green water in them to catch more water in.
Dump it? Use it? Save it? Pull a rabbit out of my hat?