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Using Stagnant Water

Posted by Kluttery (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 31, 14 at 19:37

I have a plastic bin outdoors. Last year it filled with leaves, pine straw and water. The water is light brown and has a slightly rancid smell. Having recently planted some snapdragons, I used the water on them, thinking it would be similar to compost tea.

I then began to wonder if the rancid smell is from bacteria and that maybe it shouldn't be used on my plants.

Did I make a mistake?

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RE: Using Stagnant Water

Dangerous to plants...highly unlikely.

It's probably iron or sulfur reducing bacteria or some form of anaerobic bacteria...either way, the soil should filter it (and the smell) just fine and the plants probably won't care.

RE: Using Stagnant Water

Whew! Thanks for allaying my worries.

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