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Planting ideas for a mini herb garden.

Planting a herb garden can be very rewarding they look and smell great, they can support local bees providing a much needed food sauce and most importantly they provide tasty fresh herbs for cooking.

set of 3 suck egg blue herb planters planted with lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram and parsley

We chose to plant thyme, oregano, marjoram, rosemary,  lemon balm and parsley, all the plants that have been selected are small in size so perfect to start of in the clip on planters of a water butt. Once the plants are established they will be moved on to a more permanent home in one of our raised beds, but for now they are placed in a handy spot which is close to the kitchen for grabbing a handful whilst cooking.

Planting in a good multi purpose compost works best, we also topped each planter with white alpine gravel which helps keep moisture in the planters on sunny days.

herb planters with thyme and oregano topped with white alpine gravel

A great advantage of planting herbs in self watering planters is that there will be a steady supply of moisture to the plants roots which will eliminate any stress the plant would come under should the soil dry out too much.  

lemon balm planted with oregano in a clip on herb planter that self waters.

We love to include Lemon Balm when planting herbs because of its delicate lemony smell on touch. It is perfect to be used in soups and sauces, salads and vinaigrettes as well as smoothies, cookie dough, herbal butters, meat marinades homemade breads, and  jams not to mention the holistic properties in teas, candles, face scrubs, lip balms bug balms and many more

 

 

 

Water butts in schools are great to get children playing and learning about saving rainwater

The kids at Lady Elizabeth Hastings school in Thorp Arch near Wetherby have a great new activity garden built by a team of willing Parents. They have no water supply down there so they’ve built a Playhouse to collect rainwater in their Rainwater Terraces. They can’t wait to get planting!

school water butt with planters

Rainwater Terrace water butts come in a range of sizes that includes this low level water butt which is the perfect height for children to get involved in recycling rainwater whilst growing herbs, flowers and salad vegetables in the self watering planter pods.

One of the best water butts for 2021

We love to shout about how great we think Rainwater Terrace water butts are but we love it even more when we receive such great feedback from our valued customers.

black water butt with planters filling a watering can

 

Don't take our word for it, see what some of our customers think.

Verified customer reviews received between 2015 and 2021.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2015

Ok it's main function is as a water butt and for that purpose its rather expensive when compared to its competitors Butt (sic) a lot of thought has gone into the design of this. With a few well chosen plants this will enhance any corner or wall it is up against and not become an eyesore as a lot of butts are. To begin with it comes in a box that approx 2 by 2 by 2 foot so it is easy to handle. The instructions are very easy to understand and provided that where you are placing it is exactly level (a 2 by 2 paving slab is ideal) the only tools you will need is a drill and screwdriver for the safety clip and a saw to cut the downpipe to fit the diverter. If I have any complaint its that the diverter pipe was a touch small but that's an easy matter to solve. As with other water butts you can have a number of these butts side by side with a simple joining pipe (sold separately) or you can install another section on top (Max 3 tiers) In short I'm very happy with this purchase. :)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2020
A very comprehensively filled box delivered by Amazon. After some head scratching over the instruction booklet the butt was quickly assembled and ready for action. Yes you can spend less money for a water butt but by the time you've added a pedestal and tap is it really so much cheaper? And with the Rainwater Terrace you have so much more functionality. We have our butt positioned just outside the kitchen door so it's easy to recycle any clean water (thinking running the hot tap to fire up combi boiler here). Also think it's important to buy British in the new 'normal' of 2020.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 July 2019
Brilliant product and just what we were looking for. can't believe more variations of this aren't on the market. Would certainly recommend to anyone.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2020
Anyone with a reasonable DIY ability can assemble this great piece of kit in under two hours.
Innovative, no leaks, came earlier than expected, looks great.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2016
Brilliant bit of kit I would recommend this to anyone. The best part is the recycling of the contained water. If it's full, it will continue to accept water at the top and empty older water at the bottom keeping the contents fresh.
A great idea well thought out.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2017
Great product - set up in an afternoon and full in a week. NB needs a properly levelled surface to sit on and comes with a black rain water diverter

 

 

New shades of water butt for Rainwater Terrace

Rainwater Terrace looking to add new water butt colour to range.

Rainwater Terrace already boasts an impressive water butt collection offering a size, shape and colour to suit every space. The modular system can be assembled 1, 2 or 3 water containers high with the option to expand horizontally if the space allows it.

Currently offering all sizes of rain water butt in black, terracotta, dark green & bright green and black. There are 2 new colours been trialed slate grey and sand beige, samples will be produced of both shades to get further customer feedback before launching the 5th colour in the Rain water Terrace range

modern water butt slate grey & sand beige