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Which of my two water supplies is burning my garden plants?

Zone EX15 2JW | Anonymous added on September 7, 2019 | Answered

Hi there. I need some advice and wonder if you can help me or give the email of some one else who can. We have a new build house on old farming land. We had a bore hole dug, it went down 30 plus mtrs but when the water was tested it was found it would rust through the copper pipes in the house in about 2 years! We then had a well dug in a completely different area that only went down about 8 mtrs but better water. Unfortunately only 8 mtrs down means I can’t use if on a dry garden often, as I don’t want to have to wait for it to re fill. The water from both goes through a ‘cleaning’ system but we still have to have a reverse osmosis for drinking water only. So my problem is I have worked hard to create a garden from scratch this past year but have discovered that the water from either of the above burns the leaves on all my plants. I now have to water the garden with a ‘wand’ trying to not to get any water on the leaves. It is back breaking but it breaks my heart to see my plants ‘burnt.’ I have reports of the both the water supplies before being processed but don’t know if it is the water itself that is doing the damage or the fact that it has been treated with chemicals to get it ‘safe’ i.e. salt, plus whatever else is used. Is there anybody, who is a true gardener, who would look at the water results and give me some advice as to how I can continue to enjoy my garden without the dismay of damaged plants and a back that hurts. I do hope you can help me Kind regards Anne Hollywood

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on September 9, 2019

That's a bit out of our bailiwick but I would be very concerned if I had water that burned the leaves on my plants. You may need to visit with the supplier that cleans the water and find out if there is anything that is responsible. It may be the salt.
Good luck!

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