Hello fellow gardeners!
I have recently moved into a new bungalow (which needs a lot of garden work done!) and wondered whether someone could recommend a good water butt website at all?
A long lasting one would be great - Not too costly...
I made a waterbutt from a discarded wheelybin which had sat at the end of my drive for 6 weeks.
"Savewater.co.uk" is a good website to try. We also use black plastic dustbins. Turn the lid upside down (having drilled a few holes in it). When it rains, the water will collect in the 'basin' and soon fill up.
That's new to me! I guess you could always make your own.
I tend to stay away from places like Tesco for water butts, so I will have a look on savewater
It would be worth checking whether your water company does a special offer on water butts as many of them do. I have 3 which I got discounted from the water company we were with but it was several years ago and I think our water has changed hands (so to speak) several times since then.
There's a few UK manufactured water butts online when you search. water-butts.net look like they have a range, but I've never heard of them before
I have an old recycled plastic drum type thing. But I'm wanting a second one. I have been eyeing one up on the Wilkos website I think it's £19.99. It's got a lid and tap, very posh lol
Thank you Dorcas. I've been using dustbins for some years and fill them with the runoff from various sources BUT I never thought of turning the lids upside down. I should have done as I have one waterbutt and I turn that lid upside down and keep it full for the birds!
Whatever you get Madge, remember that you need to get a watering can underneath the tap, so it needs to be on a base of some kind. You can buy a suitable base with many of them, but those often cost nearly as much as the butt itself! I made a base using several layers of breeze blocks.
I got mine one by one from waterbutts direct and now have 6 different size space savers, most linked together.
I'm very happy with them and the service
Someone once got me a cheap one from a diy store but it didn't last two years. The tap had to be tightened on the inside and I had to weigh the lid down as the attachments were so poor it would frisbee across the garden in the wind.
All that said, I still ran out of water last summer