Water is the most valuable resource on this planet. When summer comes round and our plants and vegetables are gasping for a drink, this is most likely the time when we’re being restricted from watering them by our local water company.
But it’s November…
Very true, but winter here is one of the wettest times and we aim to store up as much water as possible between now and next summer. Even in the driest areas of the UK, we could fill this water butt hundreds of times over, but it pays to plan well in advance. Something we’ve learnt from our first year on the allotment.
You can see from the photo, we’ve attached guttering to our “free from the internet shed”, this has two benefits. Firstly it’ll catch every drop of rain that hits out roof and secondly it’ll protect the sides of the shed from rain dripping down the side. Seeing as the shed needs all the help it can get to remain waterproof, this is a great benefit.
The water butt was from B&Q for around £50. To be fair it’s a bit of an extravagance, but we did some research on the benefits of using rain water over tap water and we came up with the following:
- Tap water may contain different chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride. Not conducive to organic veg
- Rain water has neutral ph levels
- Rain water is usually in abundance here in NI and we’ll be laughing mid summer.
Rain water is generally accepted as the best source of hydration for your veg, but across the board tap water seems to be an acceptable source by many experts and can be used throughout your allotment.
What’s your thoughts? Tap water or Rain water for your allotment?