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Water Butts

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:39

So after sailing my Volvo like a Viking Invader churning up the waters of the A57 to work this morning I started to think to think about the summer, more precisely I was thinking about what wonderful sunny weather we're going to be enjoying and that we ought start thinking about harvesting some water before the hose pipe ban is put in place.

At the moment I have a water "tub" on the greenhouse which is okay but I do rather miss the ability to attach a hose rather than the current bailing out and trying to miss the dead snails that float and sink at random. I also want to fit at least one to the new Man Shed when it is erected and eventually we might even get a water butt installed to harvest some of the rain water from the house rather than it disappearing into the drains.

So what would you learned Gardeners suggest I keep in mind when looking for a new water butt? Are there makes and styles to be avoided? Do you have  a supplier you'd recommend? Please share your wisdom!

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 10:25
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

Brumbull I would think your sealer has dried by now any chance of a up date


Clueless do you mean BobTheGardener who started this thread?

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:33

Ruby, I'd be leaving the lawn (and buttercups) alone until Spring when the grass is growing again (I'm amazed your lawn isn't under water right now) and using a good lawn fertiliser / weed killer mix on it. I used a generic brand from Homebase last year on my then garden which was more weeds than lawn and found that the weeds all died within a week (cue lots of different coloured patches and some areas that were completely bare but as I said I had more weeds than grass so it was quite the extreme example!) The grass came back lush and green not long after quickly filling in the gaps. It did look tatty for a couple of weeks but no worse than if you were to have to cut chunks out and I just cut it as normal.

All I had to do was mix it in the watering can, sprinkle liberally, and stand back.


Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:24

Morning KEF! Yes Tom-Dave arrived safely thanks ever so much! I've only had a quick look at the others as last night was jobs night and darling partner had the grumps so kept frowning heavily at any suggestion of my opening up the internet rather than paying attention to his sulks.

I'm going to keep an eye on the weather and play it by ear. I did think going for mid / end of February and putting heating into the greenhouse to keep it frost free should the weather change (I'll germinate them on the windowsill in the kitchen) but since one of the ideals behind growing my own is to reduce carbon emissions caused the air miles doesn't seem quite right to then be burning the likes of propane!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

I was all ready with my head torch for a minute then!!


Posted: 28/01/2014 at 19:58

 Well that isn't at all confusing!!! 


Thank you ever so much KEF!! I shall sit here very patiently for a week or two before planting. Thank you thank you thank you!


Posted: 28/01/2014 at 11:44

Thank you Stacey!  I have been cleaning my collection of pots and hunting down square ones in preparation! People were starting to question my sanity but we'll show them when we have a thriving harvest

Verdun - I'm getting a new (to me at least) car this year, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't partly gone for this vehicle because of its ability to take large amounts of manure / trees / plants / dogs/ car parts / ... in the back! One thing I can seriously recommend though is making sure that you choose a car with a small a lip as possible on the boot - ideally having one whose boot floor is flush to the edge of the lid so that you can slide things in and out easily. I miss the flush floor of my partners Volvo so very much. It made those extravagant purchases so much easier!


Posted: 28/01/2014 at 09:03

Oh KEF I hope you're feeling better. I wonder if its pressure / weather related as I too was sent off to bed early last night with a bad headache (it was so bad I could only eat my vegetables and had to leave the nice venison steak my partner had cooked to his disgust and had to light candles because the lounge light was too bright!)

I hope this confusing weather doesn't set another off - it was brighter when I first got up than it is now.


Posted: 28/01/2014 at 06:57

Morning KEF, what are we all doing up so early?

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 06:45

That Slug Watch site is a jolly interesting read!

I'm tempted to make a few slug traps come spring to see just what my garden contains.

Not sure what Slug Watch would think to my then "feeding the birds" though!

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