Here’s the Dirt

Watering Cans have been a gardener’s most valuable tool throughout the years.

What once was referred to as a watering pot started out with a very primitive design. In the late 1400’s to 1500’s the medieval design was made of clay with small holes on the bottom of the pot that when immersed in water would fill the pot. The pot was tapered toward the top creating a neck with a small hole that would be covered by the user’s thumb to control the flow of water.

As the design of watering pots began to evolve in 1692 a man named Timothy Keeble began referring to water pots as watering cans and this new name stuck. John Haws was the next inventor to change the watering can. In 1886 he put in for a patent on his invention of the new and improved watering can making it easier to use. Watering cans have been made in many different materials such as clay, copper, metal and plastic. To learn more about the history of watering cans or collecting watering cans click the link below.

Submitted by: Donna Canino