Watering the garden

Watering the garden

Watering can be a real chore at this time of year

There are lots of different ways you can set up your watering to deliver water regularly without having to spend hours behind a watering can. Drop by the garden centre here in Chislehurst, Newchurch, Canterbury and Welling and browse our range to find out which suits your needs best.

If you grow lots of plants in containers you may prefer to set up a pot watering kit, available for 10, 20 or more containers. Water is delivered via drippers set into each pot, with a timer you can set to water whenever it’s needed.

And for greenhouses and the open garden, there are full-scale drip irrigation systems, plugged into the mains or via a pump in the water butt. It’s an easy way to deliver a steady supply of water to vegetables and flower borders and there are easy-to-assemble kits available right here in the garden centre.

Choose from a leaky hose, connected to the tap via short lengths of conventional hose, or a pipe-and-dripper system. Lay out your system first and trim to length to make sure it’ll reach the plants that need watering. If using drippers, press the pipe ends onto the peg outlets and place the pegs in the soil close to the plants.

Fit a timer to the delivery tap and set it to the desired frequency. Keep an eye on how much water is being delivered for the first week, so you can adjust the timing as necessary until exactly the right amount of water is delivered each day.

Install a Water Butt

Water Butts are a great way of saving water and they're really easy to install. Connect up to a downpipe and refill your water butt whenever it rains. It's a great way to save water on your lawn and plants, and it will save you money off your water bill as well. There are options to suit most gardens and spaces, so pop in and have a look at one of our working water butt display to see how simple it is!


Mulching is generally used to improve the soil around plants, but it also helps with water retention in the summer months. It gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks such as watering and weeding. Mulching can also help to prevent weeds from growing and protect the roots of plants in winter. Here at Thompsons we have a good selection of water saving bark that will be perfect for mulching.