If you’re an urban gardener with a small space and not much room to house large hose reels and other watering essentials, there are some products on the market that can help you save space and time.

Collapsible watering cans, solar-powered watering systems for those with balcony plants or a handful of containers, and self-watering planters can all save you time and space in a small garden.

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Watering aids for small gardens

Here are five items that could make watering a breeze…

1. Gardena AquaBloom set

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You don’t need an outside tap or an electricity supply to water your balcony plants – just a bucket of water nearby – as this solar-powered irrigation system will do the job for you.

The kit works from a solar-powered control unit and integrated electronic pump, which will draw the water from your bucket and distribute it via micro-drip feeders, watering up to 20 plants.

The kit comes with a solar panel, micro drip components which feed into each pot and has 14 selectable programmes, so you can choose the watering frequency you want. The main unit can be placed anywhere sunny, whether on a table or fixed to a wall.

Ideal for the balcony gardener who just wants to chill at the end of the day, rather than spending time watering pots, or if you’re going away this summer and don’t to want to return to wilted, bedraggled container plants.

Gardena Solar-Powered Irrigation Aquabloom Set: A Solar-Powered Irrigation System for Your Balcony...
  • Reliable operation: The Aquabloom set waters your balcony and patio plants all season long, even when it’s overcast
  • The control unit consists of a pump, solar panel and irrigation control all in one and can be placed wherever you wish
  • Solar-powered irrigation: Evenly waters up to 20 plants to a maximum height of 4 m, ideal for when you’re away on holiday

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2. Hozelock Micro Reel

Do away with all that palaver of getting out the oversized hose reel – which is full of kinks – just to water a few container plants, with this handy new micro reel, which is so small you can carry it around with you while you water. It features a 10m hose and fittings, and has a ‘click and go’ design, meaning you just click the connector onto your tap and let the rotating drum unwind the hose as you walk.

It’s super easy to rewind the hose too, thanks to its integrated handle, and you can simply water the plants you need to get to by walking out the exact amount of hose your need or wind it off the reel for greater flexibility.

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Hozelock Ltd 2427 0000 Micro Small Hose and Reel, Ideal for patios/Balconies, Grey
  • Small, ideal for patios/balconies
  • 10m hose, nozzle and connectors included
  • Winding handle for fast rewind

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3. Elho Self-watering Insert, from £6.99, elho.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Even watering houseplants can be a faff if you’re not sure how often you should do it or you’re prone to forgetting. So you could replant your treasured houseplant in this handy self-watering insert, made from recycled plastic, and then put it into a decorative pot (the insert comes in a variety of sizes).

The insert provides an easy watering system, featuring a water meter on the device, which shows you when the plant needs feeding, and helps prevent you from overwatering.

4. Collapsible Watering Can and Bucket

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re short of space but need a watering can or bucket, look no further than this clever gizmo, which basically folds flat when not in use, but pops out as a watering can when your plants are thirsty. It’s UV resistant, will hold seven gallons of water in watering can mode, and nine if you’re using it as a bucket. The best thing is its foldability because in its collapsed state, it reduces to 9cm x 22cm x 22cm, small enough to slot onto a shelf easily, or even hang on a hook without bumping into it.

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Colapz Collapsible Watering Can - Collapsible Bucket - Folding Bucket - Campervan Accessories UK -...
  • Dual Design - Genius design incorporating watering Can and bucket. Essential accessory for gardening, camping, caravans and campervans or general use around the house or garden.
  • Space Saving - Innovative collapsible space saving design with the different attachments which store in the base allowing you to convert according to your requirements. Designed to be multi purpose...
  • Large Capacity - The large capacity 9 litre design as a bucket or 7 litres as a watering can ensures you don't have to compromise on capacity. Full size the watering can measures 27cm x 22cm x 22cm...

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5. Pila Colour Planter, £58.99, lechuza.co.uk

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Stylish city slickers can add smooth lines to their urban outdoor space – and not get their watering cans out too much – with these new self-watering Pila colour planters, which come in six shades, ranging from petrol blue and pastel green to light grey and sand brown. The sleek-looking containers can be used both inside and out, and come with a water level indicator, so you know when your plants need moisture, plus a removable plant liner.

Another cool addition that Lechuza has introduced is a stackable storage module, which can go underneath your pot plant, so you can play around with different heights of planters, knowing that you’ve space underneath your greenery to store accessories.

 

Best-selling watering systems

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

SaleBestseller No. 1
Tvirdeally Irrigation System, 45m/147ft Micro Drip Irrigation Kit, 164PCS Garden irrigation System...
  • 【2021 Upgrade Irrigation System- 40M Hose+New 5M Main Hose Design】: Tvirdeally has particurally use the 5M larger hose as main hose, After repeated testing by the factory, this kind of main hose...
  • 【Fit for All Faucet & Multiple Connect Way Optional】- fit for both threaded and non-threaded faucet. Comes with 4 types of faucet connector. allow you to choose the best connect way you needed....
  • 【New Upgraded 6 Way Pipe Connector】: Tvirdeally New micro irrigation irrigation has upgraded the hose connector to 6 way from old 3 way T pipe connector, this new design allow you to connect more...
SaleBestseller No. 2
18 Pcs Plant Waterer, Self Watering Spike Slow Release Vacation Plants Watering System, Automatic...
  • WORRY FREE PLANTING: Auto plant waterer is a good assistant for the gardening, you don’t have to take care of your plants every day; plant watering device is perfect for planting scientifically as...
  • ADJUSTABLE SWITCH: With slow release control valve switch, plant watering spikes can control the speed of flow, the drip speed is controllable from 0s/1 drip to 90s/1 drip, slow release drips lasts...
  • EASY TO USE: Without any tedious installation, all you need to do is to cut a hole in the bottom of the bottle and tighten the drip irrigation watering devices, and then insert it into the soil, no...
Bestseller No. 3
Buluri Garden Irrigation Systems, 40M + 3M Automatic Drip Irrigation Kit DIY Watering System Indoor...
  • 【Durable Material】 This drip irrigation kit covers almost everything you need for gardening, with one 3M main hose and one 40M black hose included. The tubing is made of premium material which is...
  • 【Save Water & Time】Garden irrigation systems Unlike manual watering that wastes your time and efforts, our automatic irrigation system can save up to 70% water and improve your working efficiency....
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】Watering system outdoor Features 4 different nozzles, 2 adjustable nozzles and 2 atomizing sprinklers. You can easily adjust the water flow by clockwise or counterclockwise...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Bearbro Plant Drip Irrigation,Self Plant Watering System Device,Automatic Watering Spikes...
  • 🌿 【High Quality Material 】Bearbro plant spikes surely last longer as they are made from durable ABS plastic. Low melting point makes it durable and safe to be used under the sun. Drip...
  • 🌿 【Suitable For Almost All The Bottles】Bearbro New self watering spike directly insert the plant waterer into the bottleneck, which can effectively avoid water leakage. You are no longer...
  • 🌿 【Be Easier To Fix Design】The cross-shaped design of the prongs makes it easier for the waterer to be inserted into the soil. The new bracket has the feature of anti-collapse when the fitted...
Bestseller No. 5
BORUIT 30M DIY Auto Drip Irrigation Kit,100FT Irrigation Pipe, Irrigation Sprinklers,Perfect Drip...
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BORUIT 30M DIY Auto Drip Irrigation Kit,100FT Irrigation Pipe, Irrigation Sprinklers,Perfect Drip...
  • Saving Water Drip Irrigation Kit - Save up to 70% of water compared to conventional sprays and water droplets, making your irrigation system ideal for storing water in dry conditions,saving your...
  • Easy to Use - ALL-in-one drip watering system installs in as little as 15 minutes without digging or plumbing skills. The nozzle has two water outlet modes, columnar and mist, and each nozzle can be...
  • Garden Irrigation System - The drip irrigation kit fits for 25-30 square meters of area, you can design different irrigation schemes based on your plants' needs.

Last update on 2021-09-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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