These Afforddable Gadgets Will do all The Hard Work For You
Make watering a doddle with a programmable watering timer. Claber’s Aquadue Duplo is a two-way garden water timer that can provide up to three water cycles a day for each of the two irrigation lines, and it’s easy to operate. £74.99 garden4less.co.uk.
Bring a smile to your face every time you water your patio pots with the Wren Copper Watering Can. It’s available in a copper, brass and chrome high-shine finish, and although it’s designed for indoors use so you’ll need to store it in the porch or summerhouse, it’s treated to prevent rusting. Holding a litre of water, with an easy-pour spout, it’s just the job for an evening potter. £35 made.com.
SNAKE CHARMING The Robert Dyas Extendable Hose will leave you wondering why you’ve stuck with a traditional hosepipe for so long. It doesn’t kink or tangle, and it’s dead easy to store away. £39.99/30m robertdyas.co.uk.
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Watering hanging baskets and deep into borders can be a real hassle – unless you have a telescopic watering lance. Draper’s 8 Pattern Extendable Telescopic Action Shower Lance 80498 extends from 74-107cm, so you can reach even the trickiest spots. £19.58 toolsave. co.uk.
Brilliant for smaller potted plants and adding a bit of fun at the same time, Darlac WaterMe Pot Cloud tells you when plants need watering thanks to its internal water level indicator. £14.99 darlac.com.
Lechuza’s range of self-watering containers have a clever liner with a water reservoir in the base, to keep your plants constantly hydrated. A water level indicator shows you when your plant needs watering, so you never need to worry again! We love the wicker-look outers, too. Balconera Cottage 50, £26.99 lechuza.co.uk.
Sink one of these terracotta stakes into a patio pot, add an old wine bottle filled with water, and you won’t have to worry about it for up to 10 days. It’s a great way to recycle all those empty wine bottles, too! Bio Green Hydro Wine, £14.99/4 keengardener. co.uk.
Fancy controlling the watering of your garden with your smartphone while lying on your sunlounger, glass in hand? Then install Hozelock’s Wifi Electronic Water Timer in conjunction with a drip irrigation system. It works remotely too, so when we’re able to holiday again, you can water your plot from a far- flung beach. £115 diy.com.
Water-retention gel is a simple but super- effective way to cut down on the time you spend watering. Add the granules to the compost before potting up any plants, and they’ll create a reservoir for your plants to draw from, meaning you won’t have to water so often. Aquagel, £6.99/ 250g dobbies.com.
The Gardena EcoPulse Comfort Cleaning Nozzle is the perfect gun for your hosepipe. The fanned soft spray delivers a good volume of water without battering delicate plants. And there’s a clever spray pattern for efficient cleaning, too, with an oscillating water jet that uses up to 40% less water compared to a standard hard jet. £14.99 amazon.co.uk.
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