With a bit of luck, the summer might start soon and that means you may have to keep plants well watered throughout any dry period. David Hall has a few ideas on the most effective ways of ensuring your plants don't go thirsty.
There are regular stories in the news regarding saving water and how we should do our best to conserve what is quickly becoming a precious resource, in this respect collecting and re-using rainfall is a great idea and David Coton explains how useful a water butt can be and describes the various models that are available.
Water butts are one of the easiest ways to conserve water. One estimate is that 24,000 litres of rain falls on your roof annually, and in addition to your house, rain can be collected from sheds, garages and greenhouses. All that's required is some guttering to be in place and a drain pipe to direct the water into the butt.
And don't forget, your plants prefer rainwater to tap water which can be contaminated by chlorine and flouride.
Butts will also go some way to beat the hosepipe bans that have been imposed over recent years, not to mention saving you money if you have a water meter.
Attached to greenhouse guttering or installed at the bottom of a drainpipe on your house or garage, the water that's collected is easily tapped and transferred to a watering can.
Any overflow can be redirected to a drain or you could set up a system where excess water is transferred to another butt.
Water Butts come in many styles, most resemble big green barrels made from plastic, others have the appearance of wooden barrels, or are thinner to locate into compact spaces. A tap to fill your watering can is an advantage, particularly if the butt is raised from the ground, so the perfect solution in most cases would be the slimline Ward butt with tap, stand and diverter kit, which is designed to fit into a limited space.
To fit a butt to your house, all you have to do is slice a piece from a downpipe and insert a rain trap, the water then flows through a pipe into the butt. Always have a lid on the butt to stop anything falling in, and this will also help prevent the formation of algae. Many greenhouses have gutters and rainwater collection kits are available as an accessory. For sheds from 4ft to 20ft long, there are Halls Rainsaver Kits, a mini-guttering system that can be installed very quickly with a flexible downpipe.
Instead of using a watering can, you may consider the Hozelock Water Butt Pump. Using high pressure (1.1bar), this pump will supply water to sprinklers, guns and other watering systems.
Let me know how you are using your water butt to recycle water, I would love to read your comments.
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