I’m still waiting on my PH meter but I got a TDS/EC meter from Amazon today. I poured a cup of tap water that comes straight from our well and the results were ugly: 931ppm TDS! We cook with it but drink bottled water because the water tastes gross. I haven’t had any issues growing other plants and vegetables but after reading (here and online) how low your TDS should be, I’m pretty down in the dumps.
I know the PH will be alkaline but that can be amended with PH down but removing dissolved solids will be a big problem. From my reading, I’d have to install a RO filter down by the garden or on the water line leading there; and that would require power (electricity) wherever the filter is located. Not only would that be a huge expense and hassle, it’d make it hard to hide! Water lines can be buried and hidden and aren’t too hard to install but running electricity would be a much bigger headache.
If those dissolved solids are just minerals (which I’m sure they are) and I lower the PH is it possible that this water will work? Especially if I grow in the ground with lots of really good soil with tons of organic matter in it?