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    I have let nature do the watering up til now.
    I have a big plastic barrel which I will dip a watering can in if necessary later in the year, but on the whole I would rather grow things that don't need excessive looking after.
    Having said that I am putting tomatoes out on my allotment for the first time this year so I may have to rethink that one.

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    mulch, mulch then mulch again

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    I've got 4 water butts set up off a downpipe [they aren't actually proper water butts, they're large blue barrels with blacklids I've brought home from work - waste not want not etc], I drilled some holes ,two at opposite sides, and put a small piece of tubing running from one to the other so they fill up in sequence.I also take off the lids to dip the can in[I made sure the holes were big enough for the can first], rather than have to bend down to a tap on the bottom.
    I don't water anything in the garden unless it's horrendously dry. In the greenhouse,I stand pots in plastic trays [also brought home from work] and water into the tray rather than the top, although I do feed from the top.
    and yeah, mulch with homemade compost or grass clippings. When grass clippings are fresh they have the added advantage of keeping cats from using the beds as a toilet
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    I am going to throw my watering can away. Thanks for the advice this is my second summer on the allotment and all knowledge is greatly welcomed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbm View Post
    I am going to throw my watering can away. Thanks for the advice this is my second summer on the allotment and all knowledge is greatly welcomed.
    JBM
    Don't throw it away - plant sommat in it! Then it's still there if you do need it, for watering your seedlings.
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    There are two tips that I am going to use this year for my squashes, courgettes and pumpkins - these are the thirsty plants on my plot.
    Firstly I'm going to plant them each in an old tyre - this will give me a defined area for watering, mulching and feeding. Secondly I'm going to put a cane in beside the plant when I'm planting out - so I have somewhere to aim the watering can at when the foliage has grown up and covered the patch - last year was really hit and miss when I was watering as I could't see where the main stem was.
    The rest of the plot - I try and avoid watering and mulch as much as I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glutton4... View Post
    Don't throw it away - plant sommat in it! Then it's still there if you do need it, for watering your seedlings.
    Oh yes I didn't mean I was literally going to throw it away - too many pot plants to water. It was just that I thought the various ideas on watering vegetables on the allotment were well worth taking into consideration.

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