I have 23 pots, (5 of which are holding various types of tomatoes - Juliet (red salad type), Lemon Boy, Roma, and another kind that is like a Roma but is meatier & supposed to be loaded w/more lycopene than other kinds). I also have numerous sweet pepper (and a few jalapeno peppers) (1 or 2 in a 10" pot), fennel, cilantro, rosemary, spinach, mesclun (gourmet salad greens), & still might plant swiss chard seeds (plenty time for that to grow yet even in my zone (n.e. WI). Only 3 pots are clay or pottery (2 of which I intentionally put plastic liners in (thin plastic) so they wouldn't get wrecked (because I want to use them inside my apt. again). I bought more clay pots to transplant some of the plants into because I see that they are not doing all that great in the plastic. I know you're not supposed to transplant them a second time, but I think with special care they will be fine if I do that. Anyway, I can't spend any more $ on galvanized tubs or anything...so I am just going to let the water evaporate in a lge. plastic garbage can (a clean white one)...and just use that. My neighbors say I'm getting too overly concerned about using the tap water...and it sounds like you agree. In fact, you have relieved my anxiety about that. I just assumed that the chemicals in the water are taken up into the plant...which they probably are...but maybe not so much in the fruit it bears? It seems like it would be in the veggies too. (What species are the most sensitive to chlorine? If you don't know right off hand, don't spend time on that...I'll look it up online.) If I one day have my own home again ...with my own well, wouldn't I be free of chlorine then for my garden? Just wondering. I grew up on well water in the country (& it tasted SO good. I now buy filtered water to drink...instead of using city water.
(Sorry about the "JMO" --I'm very overtired..and totally forgot what that stood for. You must have got a hoot out of that! (:-)--"D"
UPDATE: #1.) I no longer leave standing water in containers outside on my patio or inside to burn off the chlorine. It just creates a pond for mosquitoes to lay their eggs! I went back to using my city tap water...and plants are doing well.
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