Simple plant waterer

There’s many a slip ’twixt dock and hanging planter, especially when you’re lugging water from the lake in a watering can. That’s why Bob Brown uses this long-handled ladle to slake the thirst of his boathouse petunias. “You never have to stoop,” the Ahmic Lake cottager says. “You just stand there and dip, lift, and pour.”

Brown’s father pioneered the concept around 1980. First, he tried a can on a string, and then built a dipper by screwing a large juice tin onto the end of a broomstick. The prototype was a little wobbly, though, so Brown upgraded it, using a stronger 1″ rake handle (dowelling would do too), and bolting it 
to the can with a 1″ L-shaped steel bracket. He also gave the can—still the original 
one his dad used, now in service for three decades—a coat of paint. “That was just 
to cover the rust up. Other than that, it 
works fine,” he says. “They made cans out 
of good stuff back then.”


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