09 December 2009

Watering Can Wisdom

I am back again for another post today as a guest writer on Kitchen and Residential Design; if you missed the announcement of the Little Bert Chair Giveaway at GrassrootsModern earlier today, please check it out!

As "green" "organic" and "natural" become such promiscuous advertising buzz words you want to throw up your locally grown lunch in the 100% post-consumer recycled paper bag it came in, I hesitate to propose any ideas on conservation. This simple suggestion is so easy though, and anyone with plants can appreciate it.

About two years ago, a friend of mine who I affectionately call an "old hippie" let me know that the watering can in her bathroom was not just there for decorative effect. In fact, she collected the water from her tub faucet as it warmed up before showering. She then used the collected water for her extensive plant collection. A simple idea indeed and I tried it at home immediately. I reported back to her that I now follow her example and thanked her for the idea. She laughed and told me that she had heard it a long time ago, and had been doing it for many years.

Since she shared the idea with me, I have shared it with two friends who now collect their pre-shower water. I know not everyone's water takes as long as mine to warm up, but for those of us who have to wait, this simple idea saves some water. Hopefully, other readers will try it too, and pass it on.


  1. Bravo! I leave a bucket in my shower and collect the soapy water too. My plants LOVE my greywater. Seriously.

  2. Hey - aren't you supposed to be taking a break? Thanks for the idea though and get back to relaxing.


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