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After a chilly spring, summer has hit gardeners hard and fast. With hosepipe bans in place across a lot of the southern UK, judicious watering with a can is going to be the thing to see prized plants through the heat of July and August.
Watering will be a frequent ritual for gardeners and growers over the next few months, so here are our tips on how and when to water.
* Water in the early mornings if you can, as it's when the sun rises that plants start to take up water and use that precious liquid most efficiently. Watering in the evening risks surfaces staying damp overnight, encouraging slugs, snails and mildew.
* When it comes to how often to water, a good soaking every few days is more beneficial than a daily sprinkling. A good drink will encourage plants to send strong roots deep to search for water. A little-but-often approach discourages plants from delving too deeply and they develop shallow, more vulnerable root systems.
* Water directly at the roots, avoiding the foliage. If water sits on the leaves it may cause scorching as it heats up and catches strong sunlight. In addition, if foliage stays damp it can create a welcoming home for fungal problems. And above all, it's no use to the plant. The roots are how plants access their water.
* The age of your plant is also important. Younger plants haven't developed their deep root systems yet, so have limited resources. A mature shrub, however, will be much more resilient and will need less TLC.
We have one of our gorgeous 9-litre Waterfall watering cans in British racing green to give away, to help one lucky gardener do their watering in style this summer. Worth £49.99, it's sturdy can in galvanized steel, ideal for the serious gardener looking for a long-lasting, high-performance and stylish watering can. It's a full-size can, holding a generous nine litres (approx. two gallons).
It's a joy to use, thanks to its thoughtful design. The oval shape is appealingly slender, helping to give knees a wide berth in use and avoiding painful bumps. The ergonomic single-handed design eliminates back twisting, and is cleverly weighted to the spout for ‘automatic’ pouring, with a little help from gravity! The emptier the can gets, the further it tips, with the comfortable roll-edged handle sliding gently through the fingers with minimal effort from the gardener. The removable, screw-on rose gives a choice of fine or rapid watering.
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Waterfall watering can prize draw, 2023