“ Brand: Asda / Type: Watering Can „
Only when I read a review of this yesterday on Dooyoo, did I realise I hadn't reviewed this watering can that my daughter has myself. When we moved house a few months ago, we moved to a house with a sizeable garden as my husband loves to grow his own veg. My daughter is surrounded by grandparents who do the same, so she has an interest even now in the garden, particularly growing vegetables. We previously hadnt bought her very much in the way of garden tools since we didn't have a lot of space in our old house, however, when we moved one set of my daughters grandparents bought her this watering can, which they said they had picked up in Asda for 75p, reduced at the till from £2. This is a garden gang yellow child's watering can. My daughter was over the moon, as she was always trying to carry her daddy's before.
THis yellow metal watering can has a picture of a cartoon owl on the front, who I presume is part of this garden gang. On the bottom of the can, it actually states that this toy is not suitable for children under 36 months, but I wouldn't agree with that, my daughter was only about 20 months when she got this can and she understood what to do with it, and there are no small parts. THe only risk may be a child pouring dirty water in their mouth.
The can is very lightweight, so even when it is filled with water, it is perfectly fit for a toddler to carry and tilt to water plants etc. I like the fact that this can is easily filled with water, so my daughter can either hold it up to the outside tap or put the garden hose into it herself, as it is only covered half way, so half of the top of the can is open to put the water in. The spout of the watering can has a sprinker kind of head, rather than simply a pourer.
My daughter adores this watering can and is currently watering the tomatoes in the greenhouse as well as some of the other various plants etc that are in the garden. Unless there has been a lot of rain, my daughter wants out almost every evening to do more watering with this can, so it is a big hit, and for only 75p, it is a brilliant bargain!
I bought my kids Asda watering* can last year in Asda's end of season sale, and think I paid about a £1 for it half price. Mine is the blue version with a picture of a frog on it. It is about 4 inches tall by 10 inches wide including the spout and handle, and is made from some kind of metal. In the spout as you might expect are small sprinkle holes so that the water doesn't gush out so that it is a rose design rather then one big hole. It has a fold down handle to carry it.
So why did I want it when I'm not a kid?
As my garden is across the road, and I don't have a proper greenhouse I propagate my plants from seed on my bedroom windowsill, spreading them round the house as they get bigger and are repotted. I also leave my chilli peppers and herbs on the kitchen windowsill throughout the year (I use this phrase loosely as I've not yet attempted to overwinter them, so wish me luck for this year :) ). Anyway back to the watering can in past years I've used either a jug or a bottle to water the plants in the house, but when I saw this I thought it looked ideal for the job, and would be a bit more attractive to have lying around.
So does it work
Yes it does the job well, and my plants are happily flourishing. In fairness there's not really much that can go wrong with a watering can, you put water in, carry it to your plants then pour it out. The folding down handle and size means it's easy to fill and carry, and the rose sprinkle means it's gentle on plants and seeds, while well watering them. If I have one complaint, it does have a slight dribble on one of the bottom holes so I have to be careful it's not dribbling everywhere when using it.
So in my unexpert opinion do I think it would work with kids?
Yes it's light to carry and easy to use, I think it would be great for getting them to enjoy the garden, help out and learn where plants and food comes from. This last I'm particularly keen on after realising that a lad I work with didn't know that tomato plants flower before you can get tomatoes, it's one of those things I thought everyone knew :)
So should I knock a star of for the drip?
No I think I'll give it the full 5 stars, it's a great little watering can that does the job and I like the look of (did I say I like frogs :) )
*Mine doesn't say garden gang, but I'm pretty sure it's the same watering can.
We have been growing veg for a couple of years now and at first my daughters didn't show any interest however last year when we were in Asda Sophie asked if she could have a watering can so that she could help me to water our tomoatoes and help them grow.
The watering can we bought was the only one available in Asda and is part of their Garden Gang range and I think it was about £2 which is a reasonable price and much better priced than others we saw after purchasing this.
The watercan is a traditional shape of cylindrical with an opening at the top for filling, a spout for watering and a handle to carry it by. There were a couple of different colours in the range and they have different animals pictured on them, my daughter wasn't very pleased that there wasn't a pink choice but ended up settling for the bright yellow version. The yellow watering can has a lovely colourful owl on it although why an owl I am not sure as I would have expected an insect.
My daughter couldn't wait to get home from shopping and water the tomatoes and I ended up giving her one of the grow bags to herself and it was up to her to water them (of course I checked they had enough water) Sophie found it easy to carry the watering can although I insisted on filling it for her so she didn't end up with water everywhere.
It was lovely to see how proud Sophie was when her tomatoes started to grow and she would proudly tell anyone who would listen that she had grown her very own tomoatoes all on her own which I think is great and she cannot wait for growing them again this year, she keeps ask9ng me when we can plant them outside so she can help with watering.
The watering can stayed outside during last summer and once we got rid of the plants them we put it away in the outside storage, the watering can is still in perfect condition even though I expected it to end up scratched it never did. The picture on the font is still in perfect consition too and although it did get some mud on it a few times it wiped clean very easily. I would recommend this watering can and Sophie would too she really is desperate to start using it again, this year no doubt I will have to buy a second watering can for my youngest and I will be certainly looking at this range again.
My daughter is definitely an outside girl preferring to play outside rather than in whatever the weather may be like. We have quite a few garden toys at home but when she goes to nanny's house to play at the weekend she doesn't have anything except some buckets and watering cans. One of the watering cans she plays with is this one from Asda.
As the watering can is an Asda own brand product, it is only available to purchase from Asda either in store or online. The watering can costs around the £2 mark.
There were a couple of different coloured watering cans to choose from including red, yellow and green. My daughter has the yellow colour and it is decorated with a cute picture of a cartoon owl, I think each different colour had a different animal picture on the side. The colours and bright and vibrant so it definitely stands out when out in the garden. The shape of the watering can is quite typical with a round middle to hold the water, a spout and a handle. My daughter has no problems in carrying it despite the handle being quite thin; she also finds it easy to tip it up to get the water out of the spout too.
We actually bought this for my daughter last summer and it has been left in outside in my mums garden ever since. With being outside for almost a year it isn't in the best of conditions with the bright yellow colour fading to a not so bright yellow but apart from that it is as it was when it was new. The overall quality and shape of it is still as it was so being outside for so long hasn't done any damage structurally. Being left outside it means it can fill up with rain water to save on my mums water bill! My three year old loves being able to potter about in the garden with just a couple of buckets and watering cans. It is a cheap way to keep her entertained for hours. By time she has washed each stone individually, most of the day has gone and it cost peanuts!
I'd definitely recommend this watering can for some garden fun. It gives children their own bit of independence in watering plants and anything else that might need watering in the garden. It is a good price and keeps it's condition well, even if it is left outside to fade.