Setting up a water butt
An essential element of any successful and healthy garden, having water whenever you need it is key. One of the easiest and most efficient ways of achieving this is to have a water butt set up by your greenhouse or garden building to harvest rainwater. This means that during those dry spells, your plants won’t go thirsty and you are prepared with the supplies you need.
Rainwater is not only free, it’s also better for your garden than hard mains water as it won’t leave limescale deposits or increase the alkalinity of the soil. This is particularly important if you want to grow acid-loving plants like blueberries and heathers. Rainwater can also be used for various cleaning jobs within your garden as well as for watering the plants.
Before you get started, you will need a water butt, water butt stand, rainwater diverter and tools such as a drill, hacksaw and spirit level.
Choose a suitable and convenient downpipe for your water butt and put the stand beneath it. Place the water butt on the stand and mark its height on the downpipe with a pencil or marker. Next, cut the downpipe 3cm below this point with a hacksaw.
Attach the rainwater diverter fitting to the downpipe. The cut section of downpipe fits onto the bottom of the diverter.
Use a tape measure to measure 8cm down from the top of the water butt and mark the spot. On this spot, drill a hole for the water butt connector.
Attach the connector to the water butt by pushing it through the drilled hole. If fittings are provided with the water butt kit, screw them into place.
Attach the water butt connector to the rainwater diverter with the provided fittings that came with the butt. Put the lid on the butt and lock it into place.
You’re now ready to start harvesting rainwater. And now is the perfect time to do it, ready for those warmer months.