Putting softdrinks on the garden

I saw or heard somewhere a couple of weeks ago that all the dregs or old bits of carbonated drinks like Coke, lemonade etc could be used to water the garden as they contain lots of nutrients... am I going mad or is this true? 




  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Well, it might not harm anything, but could certainly attract ants! Just my thoughts, if it was me wouldn't do it (except plain mineral water, use that on my houseplants occasionally).

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,041

    I hadn't realised carbonated drinks had any nutrients in them.

    Agree with Swiss Sue

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I haven't had a carbonated drink for 51 years; I regard them as poisons for humans - I love my plants too much to give them this kind of thing.image

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Artjak, does cider count as carbonated, imageif so, I'm in well poisoned. Do drink lots of water..but from tap.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I was thinking about the 'Colas'image

  • daydaisydaydaisy Posts: 364

    My daughter was given the advice by her doctor to stir up a cola drink (to get rid of the bubbles) and drink it down to help her recover from a tummy bug. I imagine that it must have minerals in it for him to say that unless it was just for the sugar. image 

  • NickyBNickyB Posts: 69

    I think it must have been Gardeners World on TV or the A-Z of gardening... trying to find it now !! 

  • Tim BurrTim Burr Posts: 422

    Sprite and 7-up is recommended as being effective when suffering from Gastroenteritis (Tummy upset)  Avoid any soft drinks with caffeine in.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,872

    It's like the rehydration sachets you get when you've had a bug I suppose. Dioralyte or something they're called I think. Vile anyway - glad I don't really suffer from tummy bugs! Someone I worked with was told by her doc to drink flat cola donkey's years ago when she had a bug.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Rodgy-dodgeRodgy-dodge Posts: 115

    My neighbours, who are in their 90's now, used to put the dregs of their homemade wine on their hydrangea's. They get the biggest and most beautiful blooms every year! I tried feeding mine last year with some wine dregs and must say I think it worked. I'd had very little blooms since putting them in, after feeding them the wine dregs I had big beautiful blooms. On the other hand, it may well have been something to do with the copious amounts of rain we had last year image. I haven't fed them with it this year but kept them well watered so I'm watching this space... 

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