Comments about Product: Beautiful rain barrel that looks very much like stone. Adds a classic, elegant look to the patio and the spigot is durable and works well. Blends in well with the natural landscape, much nicer than the green ones that I have seen!
Comments about Product: shopped for less expensive rain barrel and found many but none of them looked so naturally beautiful I finally bought when I was able to take advantage of a special Plow and Hearth offered! Thanks I love my rain barrel. p.s. Husband bought for me for 30th Anniversary.
Comments about Product: Beautiful rain barrel. We bought this to keep water off the driveway. The overflow drips too close to the foundation, but we fixed with a flex hose. Many people are asking where we got it.
We are planning to purchase another one.
Comments about Product: I use this in a small yard where I have a patio, some trees, ivy and several flower beds. There was no outdoor source of water so I asked the lanlord to put in a rainbarrel so I would be able to have a reliable source of water. This one works well for me in my situation. It's well-made, lightweight and attractive. I did have to put in a mesh screen under the top to keep mosquitoes out, but that was not a big deal. I'm able to water my roses & azaleas regularly.
Comments about Product: This rain barrel looks great and blends in around our house. We bought one and liked it so well we bought another. The rain fall has been heavy in our area this year, so it fills up a little fast. But I like using it on the sides of our house that have no water spigot.
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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!