Feed Plants With Leftover Cooking Water

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Feed Plants With Leftover Cooking Water

Just a quick PSA: The next time you boil (or steam) vegetables, eggs, or pasta, don’t pour the leftover water down the drain. The water could benefit your garden or household plants.

Photo by NatalieMaynor.

This might be a “duh” tip for many of you who are already doing this, but as a newbie plant caretaker and gardener, I’ve just learned I’ve been wasting this water. Since nutrients from the plants leak into the water during cooking — and eggshells contain calcium, which plants love — the cooking water could potentially give your plants a boost.

Nutrients aside, this also helps conserve water, which is particularly important in areas of drought.

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