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Rinsing Garden Vegetables

Martha Stewart Living, June 2004

Instead of bringing garden vegetables indoors to clean, rinse them outdoors as soon as you pick them -- and give the remaining crop an extra drink, too. In late June, for instance, when it's time for the first harvest of crops sowed in early May, take along a colander and a garden hose. Some baby lettuces and radishes might be ripe for picking, but other lettuces and root vegetables won't be. With the benefit of the additional water, the veggies that need to stick it out through the summer have a smaller chance of wilting, bolting, getting bitter or hard, or cracking.

Comments (8)

  • lanij 12 Jul, 2010

    When i was a kid, we enjoyed drinking from the hose. Cold water, and we hoped it splashed us too.

  • lanij 12 Jul, 2010

    When i was a kid, we enjoyed drinking from the hose. Cold water, and we hoped it splashed us too.

  • HoneyMesquite 11 Jul, 2010

    You can buy water hoses made of rubber which are safety rated (used in RV's etc), They cost more but are much safer than regular hoses.

  • auntjemima 10 Jul, 2010

    I was going to say the exact same thing. I know not all hoses have lead, but I wouldn't want to take the risk just because it's easier than washing them inside. Plus, who wants to get muddy from the hose splashing you anyway?

  • 1drful 10 Jul, 2010

    There is lead in outdoor hoses. I don't even use the hose to water my herbs. Maybe a better thing to do is fill a basin with water directly from the spigot

  • Saromat 10 Jul, 2010

    The previous poster beat me to it: water from a garden hose is not potable. If you rinse the vegetables outside, you should still rinse them inside as well.

  • Mfosterjeweler 10 Jul, 2010

    Hey Martha, this isn't a good idea unless the hose is put somewhere away from the elements. Most people think it's okay to drink out of a water hose, however the EPA and M.D. Anderson say otherwise. No telling what the hose material is and carcinogens thrive in plastics. That's why they aren't rated for safety. FYI, Marc

  • AFvet 10 Jul, 2010

    Great idea! It'smuch easier than hauling the bowl of water from the kitchen. I rarely boil vegs but if I do, I pour the cooled water from that into the plants.