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Any ideas of what to do with this garden?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 12:28

Re your water not draining, Michael, is it possible that a previous owner may have misguidedly laid down some sort of membrane under the soil level?

This  only occurred to me because many years ago we had some friends who started a market garden on about 3 acres of land they had acquired.

Once they started digging down to prepare the ground for planting, they discovered  a huge proportion of this land had been covered with sheet after sheet of builders polythene. They never found out why.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 01:36

Last bit of advice

If your waterbutt won't give you water
To help you, our forum,won't falter.
Don't get in a flap
With that troublesome tap
Let's check out what else you might alter.

Assuming you're not very bright
(And I know this may seem somewhat trite)
But it adds to your chores
If your butt's kept indoors;
So make sure that you choose the right site.

Now most of the experts have found
That the top shouldn't be on the ground!
Coz you'd soon start to shout
When the water falls out
This advice, you'll agree, seems quite sound?

If your ego is too big to swallow,
Then this next bit might seem hard to follow:
(Forgetting your pride)
Has it got an inside?
Have you checked that your waterbutt's hollow?

There is one last thing you need to know
If you want your butt water to flow:
If the tap's at the the top
Then the water will stop
So be sure that you fix it down low.

Once you've checked it all for the last time,
Violence would not be too much of a crime:
You could stop being 'chicken'
Just give it that kickin'!
Coz I'm not writing any more rhyme!

water butt tap not working

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 01:29

Being re-edited

water butt tap not working

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 22:51

You got all that, Naki?

Isn't this forum a wonderful place? No end of fun we can have with even the minimum of material..

Hope you get your butt working  soon coz there's no knowing where they'll go with it otherwise! 

water butt tap not working

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:33

Yes, definitely fill the pipe from the (kitchen) tap.

And yes, thorough does get a bit long, Welshonion. Just trying to help those who might not have syphoned before or realised the risks of ingesting butt water. 

Your explanation is so much better than mine, Welshonion - and best of luck with the sucking! 

water butt tap not working

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 23:29

Oh, I meant to say - in all seriousness - take care if you do attempt to blow the tap clear: there will be a considerable pressure from gravity working on the entire weight of water in the barrel...probably too much for your lungs to work against...

but if it does clear, then all that weight of water will try to empty into you - unless you keep your end of the tube above the end that is in the waterbutt.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 23:18

If you do decide to empty the waterbutt you don't need to use a jug. I would be inclined to try siphoning it out with a length of hosepipe, (easiest with two people)

  1. Fill the hosepipe with water first
  2. block both ends (corks or thumbs)
  3. drape one end at ground level
  4. Hold the other end under the water
  5. Open both ends keeping the one in the barrel always covered with water and higher than the one on the floor

  1. If you have some other large containers handy you can catch your water in those, but remember that as the water level rises in the 'catching' container it will slow down the siphoning until the level is the same in both containers. 
  2. I use this method to link my two water butts together so I only need to visit the more easily accessible of them

 Of course, you might not have wanted to know all that  I'll stop gushing now! 



Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:50

I have found that tiredness affects one's judgement when emailing late at night.

I have made a rule never to send emails after 10 o'clock; also ALWAYS avoid overemphasis through capitalisation or bold type.


Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 19:01

Thank you, folks, for your ideas and information. I think I'd better treat it as a weed (I mean the plant in the first 2 pictures, not the shrub in the ground!).

it does seem a bit unlikely that I've planted a useful plant without actually noticing ...

... unless Santa's been early...! 

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 23:11

Just found this photo from last March - is this euphorbia?


...there seems to be a similarity in the leaf arrangement.

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