Best Watering Can, For Less

By Jack Ruttle

With watering cans, it all comes down to the rose -- the nozzle on the end that determines the spray pattern. The ideal watering can should pour a water stream fine enough to use on tiny seedlings, and it shouldn't drip. The Haws company of England has been making unbeatable cans and roses for 110 years. Until recently, United States gardeners could only get the galvanized metal models -- terrific cans, but hard to recommend at $60 and up.

Now, Garden Tools of Maine is importing the entire line, including several plastic versions of the traditional can that sell for $26 to $42. They have the same brass spray head as the all-metal cans, and work just as well. Look for them in garden centers or by mail from Shepherd's Garden Seeds. Call Garden Tools of Maine at (207) 843-6271 for a retailer near you.

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