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Post  brianj555 on Mon 4 Sep 2017 - 8:09

Ok.  I fill my 5 gallon bucket with tap water to use when there is not enough rain.  I let it sit at least 12 hours, but usually longer than that. Routinely, after pulling out cupfulls, when I get to the bottom of the bucket, I see these flakes, which almost resemble tiny pieces of aluminum foil.  Does anyone know what this could be?  I obviously try not to get them in the watering cup, but am wondering what they are and if they could be harmful to my plants.  I appreciate any feedback.
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Post  CapeCoddess on Mon 4 Sep 2017 - 8:55

Looks like vermiculite from here, from the bottom of your watering cup maybe? Did you pull out a pc and look at it close up?
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Post  brianj555 on Mon 4 Sep 2017 - 9:23

@CapeCoddess wrote:Looks like vermiculite from here, from the bottom of your watering cup maybe? Did you pull out a pc and look at it close?
Yes.  It's white and kind of shiny .  I don't have a close up pick though. I will get some samples the next time I get to the bottom of a bucket.  Vermiculite would make sense though.  If some flakes of it are getting blown out of my bed and into the bucket, which sits about 4 feet away.  That would be great if that were it.
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Post  sanderson on Mon 4 Sep 2017 - 9:29

If you aren't getting the same materials out of the faucets in the house, or other outside hose bibbs, then it is probably from the beds.  ??

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Post  brianj555 on Mon 4 Sep 2017 - 11:07

@sanderson wrote:If you aren't getting the same materials out of the faucets in the house, or other outside hose bibbs, then it is probably from the beds.  ??
Good idea.  I will try the other faucets.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Wed 6 Sep 2017 - 15:26

Vermiculite.  It blows all over the place.  Your extension agency could get it analyzed.  Is it hard or crushable like vermiculite?
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Post  brianj555 on Thu 7 Sep 2017 - 6:39

Thanks for all your responses. It appears that whatever it is , (i'm assuming its very thin pieces of vermiculite) is blowing into the bucket out of the bed. I placed my bucket in a different location, away from the bed and i'm not seeing the flakes anymore.
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Post  sanderson on Thu 7 Sep 2017 - 11:31

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