Make a water butt with this simple Letsfixit guide.
In the UK, sometimes there’s no telling whether our water butts are going to be brimming over or stone dry during the summer. The weather is becoming unpredictable, which is why it is always best to be prepared! Those that live in the South East and East Anglia will be well acquainted with the hosepipe ban. For this reason, a real need for water conservation is another motivation for making your own water butt.
By making your own water butt, you will benefit in a number of ways. Firstly, you can site several water butts around your garden or allotment, so that you don’t have to trek to and from one water source. Secondly, rainwater is free, so if you have a lot of watering to do, you want have to rely on your drinking water supply – extremely handy if you’re on a water meter!
Thirdly, some plants really benefit from rainwater, as it is slightly acidic (and unfortunately, due to pollution, is becoming more acidic). Plants that love ericaceous soil – such as rhododendrons, camellias and blueberries – will benefit from the acidic quality of rainwater. The fourth benefit of making your own water butt is that you can help the environment and spare your bank account by using recycled materials. So what are you waiting for?
Find a suitable container to hold the water. Mickey used an old wheelie bin, but you could use anything that is watertight that hasn’t had any toxic chemicals in it (steam clean if in doubt).