The watering can is a consistent attribute of florists and gardeners: even when the plot is equipped with an automatic watering system, you can’t do without it. Watering cans have been used in gardens for centuries, but to this day, this simple container with a long spout maintains its place in the garden.
Artists have appreciated the watering can as such a textured and elegant garden tool that it has been included in the composition of many artists’ paintings. In Pyotr Konchalovsky’s still life paintings, peonies, lupines, roses, and other flowers are very cheerful. In the foreground, there is a watering can that serves as a vase for irises.
The portrait of Demidov, painted by Dmitry Levitzky, shows the famous industrialist and philanthropist standing in a relaxed pose with his left hand resting on a watering can. Next to him lies the bulb of a plant and an open book with pictures of flowers. with his right hand, Dmitry Levitzky points to a potted plant and the orphanage building. This allegorical portrait reflects a skillful and wise philosophy of education. Children, like flowers, bloom through hard human effort and must be nurtured with patience and care ……
But let us return to the countryside where watering cans are used for their intended purpose. This gardening equipment is indispensable for small plots, where no bed is too long to be broken and watered in a greenhouse or greenhouse. Since the use of watering cans is “hexagonal” for fairly intensive labor, it must be convenient.
Choose your garden watering can wisely. Many variants with different capacities and interesting designs are now available in garden centers and flower stores. It is better to have a watering can with a wide filling spout and low rim: it will not splash out during transport.
Metal and Plastic
The material of the watering can is very important – today the model is made of metal and plastic. Metal looks prettier than plastic, but it is much heavier (the weight of a watering can with a volume of 10 liters without water is 1 kg). Only strong and healthy owners of large estates can water with such watering cans, even with large volumes (8-10 liters).
Zinc or stainless steel watering cans are considered more durable, but if the welds are not of good quality, water can leak from the spout into the container after a short time of use. Corrosion is a consequence of even the smallest leaks.
In addition, metal shower heads are more expensive than plastic shower heads. Because of these disadvantages, metal pouring heads seem to have lost some of their statuses recently.
Do not buy a plastic shower head at a low price. Use a wire gap to check the quality of the plastic. If it looks like muddy streaks, then you’re dealing with recycled plastic. Its durability is questionable.
The advantage of a plastic shower head is first of all its lightness (an empty 10-liter container weighs only 0.45 kg). In addition, the multi-colored plastic watering can have an interesting design and is quite durable without joints. It is very important – to protect plastic watering cans from sunlight to avoid deformation. It is necessary to drain the remaining water from them before storing them in winter, however, this also applies to products made of metal. In addition, plastic shower heads are much cheaper than metal shower heads. All these advantages make plastic watering cans very popular among gardeners.
Consider the Possibilities and Needs
Watering cans should be chosen according to their physical capabilities, the best choice for gardeners – is a capacity of 5-6 liters, and the strong half of the human race is represented – a capacity of 10-12 liters. In their garden arsenal, it is better to have more than one model, for watering long beds a large watering can is good, for work in a greenhouse or miniature garden – a smaller one.
Whichever material you prefer, you can choose watering cans with removable nozzles so that they can be easily cleaned or swept clean. Securely fasten the nozzle to the spout before use, or the water jet will rip it off at the worst possible moment. Plants can be damaged by the jets as well as the nozzles that fall on them.
Note: Don’t throw away that old, rusty watering can. It makes a great container for growing flowers. Petunias, amaryllis, and other abundant varieties of “hanging” annuals look great in an old watering can.
If you are going to use foliar (foliar) fertilizers, you can’t do without these sprinklers. To prevent loss or breakage, it’s a wise idea to stock up on them. When choosing a watering can check its stability. Some models have large spouts that unbalance the container, so it often topples over at the most inopportune times. Very handy watering cans with a graduated scale. They are perfect for fertilizing, during which it is important to maintain the rate of application. For spraying plants, a watering can with a sprayer is a must.