On a trip to France a few years ago we went to visit Les Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac. This magnificent garden, located in Dordogne – Périgord, is worthy of a review but this is not the intention of this piece. What I want to mention is the kitchen garden and, more specifically, the water container / tank in the kitchen garden.
In French it has the more glamorous-sounding name of abreuvoir, which translates to our much more mundane ‘trough’ and it was originally used out in the fields for water for cattle. I wondered if here it was being used for watering in the kitchen garden, whether it could be to create or contribute to humidity levels / a micro-climate, or whether it was just decorative. I still don’t know the answers.
Nonetheless it struck me that it could be handy to have something like this for those times when plants need water and time is thin on the ground. It has taken me a few years to get around to it, but I now have a pond / water feature in the courtyard that doubles as a handy watering tool. It also sidelines as a sometimes water bowl and/or wading pool for the dog but that is another story.
The pond is not that big (approx. 25cm deep x 85cm wide) but big enough, with the aid of a bucket (or empty fertiliser container), to water the pot plants in the courtyard. I find that if time is limited it is much quicker and easier to grab the bucket and water rather than trying to roll out the hose etc.
It is also easier if you happen to notice that a plant needs a drink just as you are about to head out the door. This year our potted blueberries were much more productive due to the regular water they received and this in turn was due to the fact that I found it easier to keep up the watering using this method.