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Greywater bugs

 
Matt Grantham
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Location: Napa CA
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Want on a little home garden tour thing is the neighboring county. None of them greywater and mostly talked about like the outlawing it was justified due to health concerns. I think we all know some precautions be taken. Nonetheless, these folks seem to believe a bad bacteria in the soil can have a direct negative causal effect of the fruit that the plant produces. As far as I understand bacteria exposure in the root zone does not create a systemic pathway to poison the fruit of the plant. Correct me if I am wrong please, buy isn't almost exclusively the case that direct contact between plant and toxin
 
Meryt Helmer
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Location: west marin, bay area california. sandy loam, well drained, acidic soil and lots of shade
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was it sonoma county? they want to outlaw graywater with the huge drought going on in California? that seems crazy to outlaw graywater anyplace but especially not in a place dealing with a serious drought. My husband has told me that there are some pathogens that can get into plants and become systemic where the plant is no longer safe to eat. I don't know his source or if it is valid or not. I will try and find out where he heard that. He recently graduated from the master gardender program in Marin County and he may have learned that in the class he took. My understanding was that the pathogens would be in feces and NOT in graywater and that graywater is great for trees and shrubs but that more precautions need to be taken with leafy greens or plants where the water might splash onto the plants. I am no expert. we have a gray water set up and plan to set it up so more of our household gray water is used for irrigating our garden instead of sending it to the septic tank.

Marin county is currently researching humanure and the research they are doing is amazing. I heard the county is even starting to set up test composting toilets out in some homes in Bolinas. seems like that is going in the opposite direction from outlawing graywater here. if anything all counties in california should be encouraging graywater use.
 
Meryt Helmer
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I just asked my husband and also realized that napa is sonoma county. i sure hope they don't want to outlaw gray water in marin county. I know that in the master gardener class the people teaching it where thinking that the drought will lead to sprinklers being outlawed and that they where very pro graywater. my husband said that with fruit trees you can even use straight manure and the fruit is safe to eat as long as it doesn't fall in the manure and then get eaten before being washed. so with fruit trees graywater is completely 100% safe to use according to my husband who knows more than I know on this topic.
 
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