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Best half barrel liner

I have a half barrel which I am going to use for a mini pond with miniature water plants.

Which would be the best liner to use? The barrel leaks but I do not have the resources to immerse the barrel fully in water.

Ideally, I would like a special 'barrel shaped' rigid liner, but these seem to be rare on line. Does anyone know where I may buy one please?

Any advice re' liners would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance.



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,213

    Hi Grace56. How about buying a large plastic tub - without drainage holes - and putting that inside the half barrel. You should be able to search round DIY stores/pound shops/garden centres. Take your barrel measurements with you. I'm not altogether sure but I think that some dustbin liners may be water tight. Hope you find something suitable.

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  • Grace56Grace56 Posts: 3

    Hi Ladybird.That's a good idea. Thank you, I'll try that and report back.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Those bendy buckets with the handles come in lots of sizes and are relatively easy to cut so if it's too tall lop the top off!

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 480

    Do you mean those trugs?  They'll be fine for maybe a couple of seasons or so but left out in the weather and sun, they will go brittle and then have a tendency to break.  I think they must be made of rubber, rather than plastic so over time the rubber loses its vulcanisation.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Yes they do break down eventually and if you try to lift them by the handle you could easily punch yourself up the bake! The handles come off. Most things will break down eventually and I was thinking that inside the barrel it would be somewhat protected and it's brittleness wouldn't be sucn an issue.

    I wish someone had put this much thought into my amazing exploding Romany caravans. (see today's cat thread) I spend my time sweeping soil from around the bottom and putting it back in the top!

    Today's cat thread might also work for the OP. Membrane on the bottom and Heavy plastic, pond liner around the sides.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Oh shut up stupid.....OP wants a water feature!!!! image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I agree with using a trug type container.  It's direct sunlight (the UV content) which breaks down plastics but it should be fine inside a half-barrel - the wood would protect the outside and UV would be scattered by the water and absorbed by any plants in it.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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