“I like big butts and I cannot lie”

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Sir Mix-a-lot obviously also has a water meter and a garden he was thinking about when he was composing his song. Perhaps he was growing red beans and rice? Quite challenging plants to grow without a good water supply.

When I fitted the new roof onto the Workshopshed I was keen to install a gutter to keep the water off the side of the shed and I then added a big water butt to supply the garden.

Water butt spotted down the back of the Workshopshed

As you can see from the picture, ours is fed directly from the gutter but there is an overflow that can be used to connect up a second butt if in the unlikely occurrence that we get enough rain to fill the first one. A more standard approach is to fit a downpipe diverter kit which takes a feed off the downpipe as the rain passes through. And you can get linking kits if your butt is not large enough. Watch out if DIYing your own connections to use sufficient diameter pipes to avoid them getting blocked by leaves and other flowing objects. Various sieves and filters can be used and having a grill on the top of the downpipe.

As you can see I’ve got a big round butt which rests on some bricks to raise it up so we can easily empty it into a watering can. But I do have to avoid prickling myself on the rosebush.

But such utilitarian tanks are not to everyone’s taste so I was surprised to learn that there are quite a few different designs including some square designs which I’ll definitely consider next time I need to buy a new water butt.

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