Friday, 8 November 2013
You gotta have a water butt
Given the level of rainfall we endure in this part of the world it made sense to acquire a water butt. However, it was then essential to find a water butt with character. We could have gone to a regular high street store and acquired a plastic green appliance. Instead we headed off to Bexhill on Sea and to Eras of Style, a fabulous antique store on the south coast. We found a great looking galvanised water butt, a former wash tub, which will probably outlive us all. So far I have emptied it a few times and it never ceases to amaze me how quick it fills up.
Rain water is quite useful to use on plants and shrubbery as tap water contains chlorine so it is advisable to have a butt and reap the benefits of natural rainfall. According to Southern Water it only takes one water butt to hold sufficient rainwater in order to completely fill a watering can 25 times. Average rainfall in the South East of England can fill a water butt up to 450 times a year.