tger greenhaddock: I like big butts

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I like big butts

I like big butts and I cannot lie!.....Honestly, I really do like big water butts, and currently my 200L water butt (see picy) is full to the brim. I would have liked a bigger one, but it wouldn't fit in the car. This is really an overflow butt which I fill up when our underground 4500L water tank is full. Its been raining a lot here the last couple of days and has been very windy. This has played havoc with the Gooseberry & Blackcurrant bushes resulting in branches of new growth being ripped off. Most of the tomato, sweet peppers, aubergine and chilli plants that I planted out earlier on the week are looking a bit sorry for themselves as well. Some leaves have been ripped off and the ground is looking pretty waterlogged. At least the survivors will be pretty hardy.

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Blogger Ms Mac said...

So, excuse my ignorance, is that for rainwater to use in the garden then? we have something like that on the ground at our house, it collects the rainwater from the gutters. I use that water to water my indoor plants.

The big tank you have underground, is that rainwater as well? And what do you use that for?

I'm a bit interested in water conservation since I lived in Australia which has had severe drought in the past few years. People just don't seem to realise how precious water is. I see how much rain we get here in Switzerland and wonder why we can't transport it to the places that really, really need it!


May 20, 2006 4:49 PM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

I haven't planted my seedlings outside yet. They're still in the greenhouse. Up till June 1st you can have a frost around here, so everyone tries to wait.
This week, we'll actually "dig" a patch in the yard for the garden, but I won't plant everything until probably next weekend.
This year I am going to do my tomatoes in the greenhouse the entire time. We get terrible cut worms here and I don't want to share the fruits of my labor.
Does Juniorette have any plants she is working on specifically?

May 20, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

haddock - I'm with ms.mac. I'm clueless. What do you just that water butt for? And the underground one?

It's interesting for sure... OF course we are right there with how much rain. It needs to get transported to areas which need it (As in California).

May 21, 2006 12:36 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Ms Mac - I use the water butt for filling watering cans to then water plants in the garden.
The underground tank is fed from rainwater from the roof of the house, and is plumbed to feed the toilets and washing machine. There is also a feed to an outside tap which I also use for watering the garden (and filling up the water butt)
All houses on our estate have to have and underground water tank. I think its a great idea and certainly helps with water conservation.

Maribeth - To stop the danger of frost here I try and plant out after the 15th of May. I grew all my plants from seed this year, so ther has been a lot of repotting and hardening off going on :)
The Juniorette is growing Tomatos, strawberries and peas (things she really likes to eat!)

Expat - See my reply to Ms Mac. I guess the only way to get water to drought affected areas would be via pipelines.

May 21, 2006 4:42 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

We've been toying with the idea of an underground tank for exactly those purposes for some time, have gotten a bit hung up on the technical aspects and where to put the tank up until now.
At our water (and waste water) prices, it really is the way to go.

May 21, 2006 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Belinda said...

I totally cracked up at the title of your post because as I was reviewing my subscribed feeds, that song came on! Strange :oD

Yeah we've been getting crazy wind over here too :( Our cherry tree lost a couple of it's smaller branches and basically we're spending most of today clearing debris.

this year looks like it's gonna be a tough one already for us hobby gardeners :(

May 21, 2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

The weather has not been much better here, although we've had a few sunny days this week, but it never really stabilized. Canada (Montreal area) has had heavy rain for the past 10 days. I hope we don't get that! Otherwise, you'll have to give your plants a snorkel! :-)

May 21, 2006 10:39 AM  
Blogger The Capgras Delusion said...

Oh. My. God.
Did you just make a pun about a new water-butt?
That is low, very low my friend.

May 21, 2006 5:27 PM  
Blogger Bob Gentry said...

"Haddock Got Back"
i have that song in my head now LOL

May 21, 2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

LOL - CS giving plants a snorkel is a funny concept! Thanks Haddock for the explaination. Very very interesting.

May 22, 2006 1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anele said...

Sorry about the things you planted (expect for the tomatoes... I HATE tomatoes and I have NO sympathy for them!) but you're right, the ones that survive will be the best ones!

May 22, 2006 3:18 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I was going to ask what a water butt is, but then read the comments. The heavens opened here in Cloppenburg Friday, and it has not stopped raining since. Yeah - no need for butts here!

May 22, 2006 9:07 AM  
Blogger christina said...

I had no idea they were called butts! :-) We have about 5 large above ground rain barrels/buckets - whatever you want to call them that are all connected with hoses,and we use the water for the garden but never thought of hooking it up to use for other things. Might be worth looking into.

May 22, 2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger The Naked Nerd said...

That reminds me that i need to buy one of those things. Now I've got vacation I have some time to get some things done in the garden. Wind and rain have been pretty bad here too. A garage up the street lost about a third of those red roof tiles the other day.

May 22, 2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

fantastic idea ... I don't know of anyone in this region of the states who has such a system going on a residential level ... is this common in germany or are you in a cutting edge sustainable community?

May 28, 2006 4:36 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Rory - Our local town planners are just a bit more forward thinking. In new housing area that we live in (approx 80 houses) part of the deal was that you had to have an underwater tank when you had the house built. No tank - no land/house.
Also the the waste water and rain water sewers are different. The waste water goes to the sewerge works as normal. The rain water sewer (from drains in the road and overflow from underground tanks) goes to a man made pond with reed beds before reaching the local river.

May 30, 2006 7:42 AM  

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