A writer for a regional 'lifestyle' magazine called yesterday. They are doing a feature on 'fun' watering cans for an upcoming issue and wanted some gardening tips to go along with the watering can story. I'm not the family expert on watering cans, but one of Betty's most popular programs is called 'Water Smart Gardening', so I figured she was the right person to speak to the writer.
As near as I could tell, the writer is a young freelancer eager to turn in a 'feel-good' piece that her editor will like. She already had spoken with the designers and manufacturers of the watering cans that would be featured in the piece; all she needed now was some stuff from a gardener; what to water and what to plant - that sort of thing.
"No, the milk jugs work just fine," Betty replied.
"How about watering your container gardens?"
Betty explained that for our exploding population of containers, we have a basement full of two- and three-gallon jugs that originally held cat litter. Those, too, we fill from rain barrels.