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gill barker
My new house is coming along all my bulbs now in,thinking of next year I will need water butts as I am on a meter and do not waste water anyway ,does anyone know of a scheme that provides butts like they did with composters tried the local council and water board no luck I will buy them if needs be but pennies are few and far between thanks anyone that has any info Gill in Anglesey x

Try e-bay,gumtree and you local free-cycle

You can put wants on freecycle and get alerts on gumtree if one comes up in your area.

That is all I can think of



I couldn't find a low cost water butt supplier either. I did buy them and I now have 3 off the house, 1 off the greenhouse and an emergency dustbin supply incase the others run out. I got a cheap plastic dustbin, in the lid was a central stopper, popped it out, inverted the lid and it collected water aswell.

Metered water bills went down quite a bit

I installed a second water butt this year as I found one was not enough. Even this year with all the rain, I was using water butt for pots and containers, and topping up pond. I've just got water bill for first half the year - ??40 cheaper than over same period last year. Well chuffed. Water but has paid for itself in less than six months.

I have an old bin which collects water, like Bjay, the lid is inverted and it's surprising how quickly it fills up with rain water.

Now that we have the huge recycle bins you might try asking friends and family if they still have their old bins, I acquired three that way.


gill barker
Thanks everyone I didn't think of using old dustbins they are much easier to sorce

hi you could a ibc plastic tank ,they hold a1000lt of water,  jack


You can hide your water butts behind a shed or dot them round the garden for ease of carrying water.... by attaching a hosepipe from the tap at the bottom of the water butt that collects from the roof to the "spares". I have 4 tucked behind a shed and have buried the hosepipe, just a shower of rain soon fills them all!

flowering rose

I got my water butts from a farmer who was selling blue empty barrels and we adapted them and painted them green and fixed taps.Also found one in  a skip and also on a beach ( difficult to transport back to car so that was left),otherwise you pay the earth for the same thing.


Hi Gill, if you have any dairy farmers local ask them if they have any of the large blue didinfectant tubbs they use, as they are non returnable, they should be glad for you to have them,some times for a few pounds, sometimes free, we on the allotments all use them here in Wales, and its quite easy to couple up as many as you want  i actually use 4 with one tap in  the end one,and a hose fits easy if you want it, use  BQ joining packs or diy,it, plumers mate if you like on the joints  stops any drips, it so easy we usually stand them on breeze blocks or old pallets,

good luck Alan4711

Paul N

Some advice about the 1000 litre tank. I had one but because our small van was too small for the tank, we had to remove and leave behind the cage. Without this cage, the tank bloats and get's distorted. Also 1000 ltres of rainwater is mighty heavy; our soft soil subsided and it fell over. Also the tank needs covering to exclude sunlight as this caused the inside to turn black/green and smelly. It cost me about #35 but with a little work they are great.


We have four water butts - 2 large ones from the house roof, and a smaller ones from both the shed and the greenhouse.  I would not be without them, makes life much better for the plants, and when we have the usual hosepipe ban, especially when it rains all summer, they are really so worth it.  It is worth looking about for recycling large plastic bins, the ones for fruit juices for example are really good - not all are 1,000 litres.  


hi you can get the ibc tanks in 600lt and you can get them in plack plastic.  jack


gill barker
Brilliant advice everyone love this site x
Paul N

PD, Black plastic? Thats a new one on me. Thanks.




hi here is a video ,on how to wrap black plastic around the tote,jack

Rainwater Fanatic

This is something which we have been working on for most of the year and will be launching next week. It is a fantastic way of getting rainwater from the house to anywhere in the garden. Let me know, if you think we have hit the mark.


hi great idea.hope it goes for you ,jack

Rainwater Fanatic

Thank you Gill. 

I managed to get through the whole of last year being completely water self sufficient in the garden, although to be fair, it was not the most challenging of years with all the rain. Hopefully 2013 will be a bit more normal for all of us gardeners and we will really be able to pit our wits against mother nature!

If you want to check out the next Grow Your Own issue, we are giving away 10 of these in one of their competitions.

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