Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:35
We have a rainwater collection cistern and an old fashioned hand pump but it needs restoring so is not used. I will be installing a water butt when the new shed goes up and that will be used in the greenhouse just behind it.
I use a hose and sprinkler or a hose and spray gun depening on what I'm watering but generally only water at planting or transplanting time and then let the plants survive on their own. We have metered water with excellent pressure so it doesn't take long and I'm careful with it.
For holidays away, I gather all the garden pots and baskets and troughs behind the house and set up a sprinkler on a timer to water them all for 20 minutes during the night so they have time to absorb it. Works for me.
I am not in the market for a watering system as we usually have plenty of rain except for a drought from April 2010 to spring 2011 which was rather devastating for many plants and I had to water the veg plot to get any crops.