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[personal profile] daidoji_gisei
Crossposted from my journal.

My clothes washer is one of those little jobbies that has one hose you hook up to your kitchen faucet to pour water in and another you put in the sink for the water to drain out of. The water that drains out is graywater, water that has been used for something and is no longer drinkable. I have never given it much thought, but over the winter I came across a mention of someone using it to water her garden with. This got me thinking about the water I was pouring down the drain from my laundry, and the fact that I was already hand-carrying my water, one watering can at a time, to water my own garden. (When I do water my garden, that is. Not having a hose and sprinkler has made me a big fan of dryland agriculture.)

My bakery gets oil in 35# jugs, which holds about 30 pounds of water. I rounded up 4 of them and tonight I started my experiment in irrigation. After two loads of laundry I have determined that at its maximum fill my washing machine holds about 90# of water, or approximately 11 gallons. This completely fills 3 jugs, though partially filling 4 jugs works a little better because they are easier to carry. (I guess I should mention here that I am on the second floor, so I need to carry the jugs out of my kitchen, down the stairs, and out to the garden.) If I continue with this I expect that I will build up those muscles even more, allowing me to carry the full ones with less strain.

It will be interesting to see if I stick with this. Using my graywater will allow me to water my garden more often and more deeply without increasing my water usage, surely a win-win. Also, I am pretty sure hauling around 30# of water counts as a core-strengthening exercise: another benefit.
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Knitted garden planter

I knitted a small hanging planter to go on my fence.

Because most of my back garden is concrete, I need to use a lot of nontraditional concepts for gardening. I could do the traditional hanging baskets, but I can knit, and I had twine, and I wanted to see what was possible.

It had a plastic bag as the liner, with a hole in the bottom for drainage.

I don't know how long it'll last. I'm assuming it won't last through a harsh winter, but, to be fair, I doubt the plant will last past the first frost either.

So, if it works, I'll write it up as a knitting pattern. And I'll make a bunch for all over my fence and plant a lot of long trailing basket-based flowers. Or strawberries - I'm thinking strawberries could be a really interesting thing to put into something like this.

(I also love the fact that I can cross-post this in [community profile] knitting as well as [community profile] gardening...)

Edit: You can find the pattern on my site now.


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