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Green plastic watering cans

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A good green plastic watering can is one of those gardening tools that is incredibly useful each day in the garden. While I love my cute little watering cans and my fancy metal watering can, my green plastic watering can is the one that gets the most day-to-day use in the garden.

Green plastic watering cans

Most garden centers sell green plastic watering cans (or plastic watering cans in other colors). These cans are typically high-volume, holding one or two gallons of water. They also tend to have high-flow-rate spouts, delivering water more quickly than watering cans with metal rosettes/sprinkler heads.

A good green plastic watering can has a removable sprinkler head. That is, the tip of the spout (where the tiny holes are located on the round end) should be removable. Most plastic watering cans have a friction-fit removable spout head, but the odd one has a threaded twist-on spout. Both are perfectly fine if the nozzle head stays on when you want it on and comes off easily when it’s time for cleaning.

Green plastic watering can

A green plastic watering can also be quick and easy to fill. Look for a model where the hole is generously sized so that you can fill the watering can easily with a garden hose nozzle. It is easiest if the hole is large enough to stick the nozzle end of the hose right into the watering can prevent overspray when the hose is on a stronger nozzle setting.

Lastly, look for a watering can that is easy to carry. Choose a plastic can that fits your body and can be carried ergonomically (mine has two different handles – one on the back and one on the top). An overly large can or an awkwardly-placed handle can make a watering can no fun to use.

Green plastic watering cans on store shelf
Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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