I had an impulse buy at Wyvale today - an original half whisky barrel. It's waterproof - it was full with rainwater (sadly not whisky) when we saw it.
I've put it down the end of the garden on the corner of a bark-mulched area. But it's a very shady spot, under trees, which limits our options. I've considered:
1) Leave it there as is, full of water, and maybe use it when watering that end of the garden (the hose won't reach so we have to hoick watering cans down there).
2) Instal a solar water fountain - is this likely to be successful, given the shady location?
3) Putting aquatic plants in - are there any that are suitable for shade?
3) Filling it with compost and planting it up.
Any thoughts, please on what's likely to work well? I'd like it to benefit wildlife if possible, though we already have a wildlife pond elsewhere. What's the best way of ensuring animals that fall in can escape, given that a slope from the bottom to the top will be quite steep. And are animals likely to fall in in the first place given that they'd have to climb the sides first?
Thanks in advance :-)