• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • r ranson
  • Nancy Reading
  • Anne Miller
  • Jay Angler
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
master gardeners:
  • Christopher Weeks
  • Timothy Norton
gardeners:
  • Matt McSpadden
  • Rachel Lindsay
  • Jeremy VanGelder

Using duck pond water to fertilize orchard/garden

 
Posts: 11
1
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My husband and I dug a pond in our front yard for ducks, it's about 20x24 and 4ft deep in the center. It can hold around 13,000 gallons of water when totally full. I'm thinking that in order to keep our pond clean we will use a sump pump to irrigate our orchard/garden with the mucky water and then add fresh water back into the pond. We will also be using a solar aerator to help. We get alot of rain from fall to spring so we plan on capturing that to add back in in the summer when it's dry

I'm wondering if I'll be able to use the duck fertilizer straight from the pond, will it be diluted enough not to burn our plants. Or do I need to add it into a compost pile and let it further breakdown.

And how often should we be fertilizing our garden, is this a twice a year or once a month scenario.
 
pollinator
Posts: 1599
Location: Ashhurst New Zealand (Cfb - oceanic temperate)
495
duck trees chicken cooking wood heat woodworking homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've had really good results from simply bucketing the water out of duck baths and ponds onto garden beds, berry bushes, and trees. I think that with the size of pond you've got there is no real issue with concentration. Our ducks have an old-school deep bathtub that's probably 300 litres and when it gets funky everything goes onto the plants in the general area. No problems noted.
 
pollinator
Posts: 228
Location: Southern Utah
53
chicken building homestead
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have read up on filtering duck pond water to keep the pond clean-ish.  Some people pump the dirty water off the bottom of the pond up onto a stone waterfall planted with plants that need a wet environment.  I do not recall any mention of the plants burning from the duck waste.  I also know some will pump the water through aquaponics tubes with plants "rooted" in the water to absorb the nutrients.
My personal experience is dumping the mucky water from our small kiddie pools towards our tomato plants just outside the enclosure and we never burned the tomato plants.
Based on this I think you will be OK.  I would do what you are suggestion without hesitation.
 
pollinator
Posts: 4421
Location: Canadian Prairies - Zone 3b
1183
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I would certainly use it "straight." With that level of dilution I don't think it's likely you will burn plants.

Since it's raw water, I don't think I would use it directly on garden plants that are eaten raw and could be cross-contaminated (carrots, lettuce, zucchini/summer squash -- any stuff close to the ground).
 
master gardener
Posts: 2861
Location: Upstate NY, Zone 5, 43 inch Avg. Rainfall
1060
monies home care dog fungi trees chicken food preservation cooking building composting homestead
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I think all of the advice you have received is really sound. I would reckon that it would be a good addition on top of a compost pile as well for a nice splash of nitrogen goodness to kick up the heat.
 
Mine! Mine! Mine! Here, you can have this tiny ad:
100th Issue of Permaculture Magazine - now FREE for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/45/pmag
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic