Previously known as: NY Plant Nerd
I use about 20 gallons a week so it's the most practical way for me. Wish my tap was under 50ppm.. watering straight from the hose would be so much easier than refilling jugs.
(Video is from last Summer..July 2010)
My CP page: http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/scottychaos/CP
Up until last year, I used distilled and I usually kept about 4 gallons on hand. Then I found out that a store near me sold distilled water in 2.5 gallon jugs. I bought 2 at first and then went up to 4. I discovered that I can go about a week on 2.5 gallons. 10 gallons per month.
I switched to rain water in August using the four 2.5 gallon jugs from before and haven't paid a dime for water since. I'll likely have to buy distilled in June and July, because of greater evaporation but that's not too bad for a years worth of watering. My plants are all in two huge communal trays that get new water each week after they (the trays, not the pots) dry out.
I'm harvesting rain water right now as a matter of fact.
-Joel from Southern California
But as I said before, a lot of your ideas and machines use rainwater when it hardly rains at all here
Guess I'll have to use jugs until I am able to move somewhere more forgiving with rain.
So jealous of you guys :P
I was told that I could use water collected in my dehumidifier to water my plants.
I haven't tried my TDS meter on dehumidifier water yet but will give it a go when I start using it again,anyone else tried taking a reading?
Oh by the way,don't use water collected in a dehumidifier if you burn scented candles,spray any form of airfreshener or purfumes as this will kill your plants!
Clean air = clean water.