Comments about Product: I have been very pleased with these stones. This is their second season in my garden even through the winter in Illinois and they haven't cracked or chipped. They are perfect as small paths through my planting beds.
Comments about Product: Purchased to go on gravel walkway but the stones are too brittle to use for that application. The quality varies; some of them look like the photo, while in others the etching is so light it is nearly invisible.
Comments about Product: Purchased one of each design. One stone was shattered on arrival. It was replaced. BUT it was labeled wrong, so I have two of one and one of another. I wanted all three - sounds stupid I know. I plan to display these on the house by the front door. I think they will be terribly cute.
Comments about Product: Needed some artwork for a stone patio wall. I put them in iron hangers and they look great! Get lots of compliments. If used for stepping stones, I would think they would be too small and too thin. Great for purpose for which I purchased them.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!