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The 10 best watering cans to buy now

May 08, 2024

One minute there’s a hosepipe ban in place, the next we’re experiencing April showers in August. The solution? Take watering into your own hands — literally — with a dependable can to keep your plant life optimally hydrated whatever the weather (or restrictions).

In the same way that the kettle is the nemesis of the instant hot water tap, the watering can is the analogue alternative to the sprinkler. Yes, using one is taxing on one’s time reserves, but in doing so you carve out a window of mindful, precise activity.

There are also technicalities to the act. Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld of The Land Gardeners have recently launched their first online course, A Year of Cut Flowers, with Create Academy. They explain: “We