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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

IBC Tank Water Butt

Back when we were replacing the wall, I also acquired a 1000L IBC water tank. I brought it on ebay for £30 from a nearby farmer and her delivered it next day, on a bank holiday! As we are on a water meter I wanted a better source of watering the plants which wasn't going to cost me a fortune, so this seemed like a perfect idea.

Andy built us 2 walls down the side of the house where the chicken used to live. This was obviously the best place for it to go as this space is pretty wasted at the moment.


More importantly though it is next to two garages and we already have guttering from them running along there into a drain by our fence. And actually the bit over the fence leaked badly so we were desperate to change it. No way we wanted our brand new fence ruined!


More importantly though it is next to two garages and we already have guttering from them running along there into a drain by our fence. And actually the bit over the fence leaked badly so we were desperate to change it. No way we wanted our brand new fence ruined! You can see the guttering just about at the top of the above picture!

We then cut the last sleeper in half, rested it between the walls then put the tank on top... Then, as you do, stole the neighbours hose (with permission of course) to give us a head start!!


As we did with the greenhouse water butt, Scott drilled a hole in the top of the tank near the back and installed a over flow pipe which leads down into the massive hedge in our front garden. For ages we didn't really know how quick it would fill as we didn't have much rain. Then last friday came and it poured down all day. It must have been half full and it not only filled but overflowed in a day!! It was fustrating actually as the council had come round and cut all the grass and obviously noticed the overflow pipe and had curled it up round the hedge.... no idea why as it was out of the way of their land, just sits in our hedge but because of that it wasn't working. As soon as we realised and uncurled it worked as it should have done!

1000 litres of water sounds like an awful lot but it's suprising how quickly you can go through it. On a particularly sunny day, to water all of the fruit, veg, and flowers I have easily used 8-10 watering cans... thats about 90L. It would have been costing me 18.85p every garden water and for every cubic metre of water we collect, we save £2.09.

 That doesn't actually seem that much but if your watering the garden every day, that's £1.32 a week, £5.28 a month and £63.36 a year!

Okay, I won't be watering every day but still, it pays for itself quickly enough!


And as a result, my greens look as healthy as this!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Trying not to paint the plants!

After a week and a bit off work, I planned on spending my last day off (Monday) just relaxing. I started off my doing a spot of laundry, abut that was all. So naturally, whilst hanging out the washing, think to myself, I really do dislike next doors fence! Although still warm, it was an overcast day so felt like a good opportunity!

Back before the wall to fence project, yet another of the panels on next doors fence came down, this time wrecking my apple tree which now looks extremely weird. Such a shame because I had quite a few apples on it last year and it flowered well this year so things were looking so good..



Only one branch survived. I thought about just digging it up and starting again with a different one next year if I fancied it. But I left it be.. I't a pretty bizarre shape but it's actually coped really well, and it even has apples on it!


Ok, so it's becoming more of a bush than a tree but that's quirky right? I quite like it anyway! It took them weeks and weeks to replace that panel. It was a pain as I couldn't let the dog into the garden without constantly watching him. Most of the time we behaved but it only took a split second of not watching him and he's be off visiting the neighbours! The space at the end of the garden is wider than an average fence panel so he had it made to fit. It's a lovely panel BUT completely different to the others!! It's really annoying!

Something had to be done to make it look remotely better...

The first panel was easy peasy as there's nothing planted directly in front of it. It was not to continue this way however. I do like my roses but painting round them wasn't all that fun - for obvious reasons!



I got a bit splash happy at times too, some of the plants got a bit of a paint job also!


You can still see the odd panels and obviously I haven't painted the brown ones (whats the point?) but on the whole it's looking smarter! Not so lazy day spent well.

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