I've discovered a new technique that has transformed my gardening practices and results. Since gardeners are a generous bunch, I've decided to share it with the world. It's a little something called regular watering. This year I've been very faithful with my containers, new plantings, and old reliables. I've been careful not to over- or under-water based on the age, type and location of each plant. And, lo and behold, the plants are responding. Remember, you heard it here first, folks.
The watering can in this photo was purchased at an outdoor antique & collectible show at least five years ago, and I originally intended and used it for decoration only. The haphazard watering I did was with a hose or a plastic watering can. But I've taken to doing all my watering with this instead. It's the real deal! I love watering this way because it gives me better exercise (carrying, lifting, walking, etc.) and it allows me to really see all my garden areas in detail as I water. It gives me time to enjoy the garden and notice what needs doing and where everything is in its cycle of living. Of course, my gardens are relatively small at this point. If I had to cover a lot of territory it just wouldn't be practical to spend so much time watering this way. But for now it is a great joy to partner up with this seasoned vessel.