Adding a water butt

Water buttIt’s probably just under 100m to walk to our nearest mains filled water butt on our allotment site. When you have to water quite a few things on your plot, that’s a long way to keep walking, and carrying buckets of water.

On one of the jobs my Dad was working on, there was a water butt that the owners didn’t want anymore, and they kindly said my brother and me could have it for our plot. Dad also had some slabs and bricks from a job that were spare that we could have to.

We carted the whole lot to our plot and I placed the bricks and slabs in one corner of our plot so that the water butt would be off of the ground enough for us to fit a watering can/bucket underneath the tap to fill it. I used a bucket of water to check if it was level, then placed it on top. I then tasked my brother to fill it from the mains filled water butt.

I’ve ordered a hand siphon pump that we can hook up to some spare hosepipe to make filling it easier in future.

Was a little worried about wildlife maybe falling into the water butt and not being able to get out, so we brought a bit of spare garden trellis we had in our garden and put that on top of it and weighed it down with some bricks. Job done.

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