How to Water Vegetables With Plastic Watering Cans


Some plants, including seedlings, fare better if you water them by hand. Some plants--such as tomatoes, squash and carrots--attract pests if their leaves get wet. Bigger plants--such as broccoli, cabbages and cauliflower--also grow best if hand-watered. Overhead watering can fall on the leaves of larger plants and leave roots dry. Plastic watering cans are a lighter alternative than buckets or metal cans. Nozzles with small holes are designed to create a light spray ideal for young plants and seedlings. Larger holes give a heavier spray of water.

Step 1

Fill a plastic watering can with water.

Step 2

Tip the watering can to let water stream out of the nozzle.

Step 3

Pour water directly onto plant roots.

Step 4

Repeat filling the can and watering plants until your plants have plenty of water to the roots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not rush through watering or your plants will not get enough water.


  • "Zen of Watering Your Garden;" Matthew M. Cohen; 2007
  • "The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book;" Catherine Abbott; 2010.
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Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.