Do a favour for your plants, the environment and even your wallet by collecting, storing and recycling rainwater.
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.
The best way to collect it is in a water butt connected to a downpipe. Stored water gives you a little extra reserve to last through the hottest periods when temporary use bans (also known as hosepipe bans) may be in place.
We'll talk you through how to install a water butt in the easy-to-follow steps below.
Install your water butt in these five simple steps:
Choose a suitable and convenient downpipe for your water butt and place the water butt 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 3 centimetres (cm) 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 water butt. Put the lid on the water butt and lock it into place.
You're now ready to start harvesting rainwater.