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14/06/2013 at 10:14

Can anyone recommend a nice looking water butt that I can install on my patio?

I’m new to saving water in the garden and want something I don’t have to hide away.

Ideally it will have to be between 100 and 200 litres storage capacity.

Something eye catching/modern would be nice…. Not sure where to start

14/06/2013 at 11:46

Hi Gardener 1980

I needed a good looking water butt for my front garden. I have got a150L Moroccan Beehive Water Butt and its just the job. Many a person has been fooled into thinking it is genuine terracotta when i know its not. Do your home work on pricing.

14/06/2013 at 12:21

http://www.waterbuttsdirect.co.uk/decorative.htm

Have a look at the water butts on this site,you may find something to suit.

14/06/2013 at 12:56

Have you explored what your water supplier has to offer?  Wickes sell cheap water diverters to fit in your down-pipes.

14/06/2013 at 13:04

Check on Amazon, big selection, much cheaper than waterbuttsdirect!

14/06/2013 at 13:25

When it comes to diverters, cheap is not always the best. Some are really inefficient and a lot of the water diappears down the drain anyway. As you may guess, I am an avid collector of rainwater and survive each year with only the rainwater that I collect. (At least the garden does, not me personally!) 

14/06/2013 at 14:18

i use recycle bins . at the back of the summer house 

14/06/2013 at 15:43

Aren't I the lucky one, the Wickes ones are cheap and efficient!

19/06/2013 at 12:57

I would have a word with john here http://www.oaktubs.com/product_info.php?pid=7 see what he can make for you. I recently got him to make me a half barrel with tap in it for another purpose. I'm sure he'll be able to make a good looking oak water butt.

21/06/2013 at 12:46

Thank you for all your advice, ive put some time in to looking at the links posted alongside a little bit of my own reseach online. Waterbutts direct have a good selection. Spotted a nice looking one called Rainwater Terrace but there is a waiting list at the moment so i have my name down and hopefully will hear something soon.

Fingers crossed. 

21/06/2013 at 13:00

I know you don't want to hide it away as such, but if all else fails you could screen it with trellis or similar and disguise it with pots and containers which you can change throughout the year. 

25/06/2013 at 14:51

My thoughts exactly, thats why the one im waiting for Rainwater Terrace it has planters integrated into it which you can use to grow/trail plants down and over it at different intervals on the butt! it will look great once its been in a year and the plants are established. The patio is the best place for it really as it will get the most use there rather than been hidden away out of sight.

01/10/2013 at 11:51

-Gardener1980

I think its going to be available soon i have one on pre order now saw it in grow your own magazine

there is a new website but no products on it as of yet... www.rainwater-terrace.com

01/10/2013 at 13:50

make sure you clear it out once in awhile as soil ,muck and midges will settle in it.So once in awhile at the beginning and end of season clean out .dont let the water stagnant.

01/10/2013 at 13:59

Here's Greengardener12 doing a bit more advertising for his 

Rainwater Terraces!

Could he have roped Gardener1980 in to help him?

01/10/2013 at 16:52

flowering rose- make sure you clear it out once in awhile as soil ,muck and midges will settle in it.So once in awhile at the beginning and end of season clean out .don’t let the water stagnant.”

 

How often would you recommend this? Yearly?  Would the water inside if stagnant be safe to use on a salad garden so not to waste the drained water…..

01/10/2013 at 17:18

Verdun, a word in your ear about Greengardener12.......

01/10/2013 at 17:22

Sorry, not Verdun, who does so much to keep the place clean and tidy. 

Fidgetbones, 'tis you I think who needs to have a go with the broom.

01/10/2013 at 18:04

Has my OH been complaining about the mess again?  He knows I cant tidy up while the sciatica is playing up. Its all I can do to sit and watch telly.

03/10/2013 at 15:53

I clear the water butts  at least twice a year.

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