2 hand­wa­ter­ing

Gardening Australia - - KNOW-HOW -

Most of us need to do at least some hand­wa­ter­ing, and there are ways to make it easy and en­joy­able. Treat your­self – a wa­ter­ing kit is a prac­ti­cal in­dul­gence. A de­cent hose is a ne­ces­sity, and while it sounds dra­matic, it will change your life to have a hose that doesn’t kink. Th­ese are more ex­pen­sive, but worth every dol­lar.

Make sure you buy a long hose if you have a big gar­den, as the hose con­nec­tors are a weak point when you join two to­gether, and they can leak or catch on plants and pots when you’re wa­ter­ing. In my gar­den, I’ve po­si­tioned a wooden post on the cor­ners where the hose snags, so that it slides around the post and doesn’t dam­age the plants. Hose reels keep hoses tidy.

Many hoses are sold with fused-on tap con­nec­tor fit­tings. If you need new fit­tings, make sure you buy good qual­ity ones so that the water pres­sure doesn’t make them fly off.

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