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Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:38

Again thanks for the discussion and points raised they're all really helpful. We have a moderately sized garden and have two large water butts fed off the garage gutting. As I said previously I'm probably not in the same league as some of you gardeners but we often find that we run dry quickly and it does, in our case, seem to be the pots/hanging baskets/window boxes that are the main draws.

The butts are ugly, but again probably like most of you they're stored out of site. The issue my Grandad has is because of his small garden the butt has to be on show 24/7 and he grumbles about the space it takes up. I'll maybe suggest giving up the gardening hobby!

I'm going to have a look into the more decorative types for inspiration.

Tootles/Gardening Grandma thanks for your idea suggestions; things I'd not even considered. I might use some of them as part of my proposal document if that's OK?

Thanks again everybody for your time and feedback your posts are really appreciatedl!!!


Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 21:40

I agree its very difficult to come up with something that hasn't already been marketed/patented. I suppose there is always the opportunity to improve on an idea? I've placed this request on a couple of sites because I wasn't sure I'd get any feedback - so thank you all very much!

GardenGirl6 nine water butts surely must be excessive . During my last assignment I read a report of the RHS that said gardens in the UK only need watering during 6 weeks of the year (it did exclude the south of England). I'm not an obsessed gardener yet but it annoys me how many locals still regularly fill their watering cans up at outside taps!

Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:48

Thanks for the reply! I suppose it would fit the criteria of sustainable just need a supply of skins if it takes off lol!

Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:24

Hello Ladies/Gents

I'm completing a university project and was hoping some of you would be able to give me some advice? The project is to design a new product and after observing my Grandad and his struggle to collect water in his small(ish) garden I thought there was an opportunity (not to just use a bucket!).

If you could spare me a moment and tell me what you use to collect water? Most purchasable water butts are too big for his garden.

My initial thoughts are to design a reasonably small collapsible water butt that could be easily stored away when not required? I also thought you could somehow pick it up and use it for watering too (would really depend on weight!!)

Any thoughts/comments/feedback would be really appreciated and helpful!!



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