I knew we had a chance of rain coming in starting yesterday and it would last a few days...but only small chances of good precipitation falling...then no more rain in the forecast. So yesterday afternoon, OCD-Me washed the area of our metal roof off that I use to fill my buckets up with. Basically setting the water nozzle on jet, sending a stream of water high in the air to fall hard on the roof thus washing debris and pollen off. It works pretty good to clear the gunk off before the rain hits. Well, that was yesterday and late this afternoon we got a small rain that resulted in an inch or so of yellowish water (that pollen collects fast!) so I emptied the buckets out. A couple of hours later we started getting good rain. Well, I guess the pollen hadn't all rinsed off cause the water has a light yellow tint to it.
I checked it with my TDS meter and got a reading of 5-7ppm so that part is good. I've read that pollen will start decomposing after a while, though, and the water will acquire a bad smell. Will it hurt the plants to use this water quickly so it doesn't have time to go rancid, even though it will have pollen in it? In the wild the plants have to deal with the pollen, so....??? But, if I use it before the pollen starts to decompose in the water then the pollen will still decompose in the plants' growing medium won't it? Are there any problems with that? *Could* the decomposed pollen possibly turn into an unwanted nutrient?
It's still raining good right now, so I feel like the pollen in the water will get more diluted as cleaner water goes into the buckets. I'll filter it through a layer or two of t-shirt or something but I know that won't get all the pollen.
Feedback is welcomed. Thanks!