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The use of wreaths can be traced back to ancient times, when rulers wore them as crowns and farmers hung fall wreaths as a hopeful symbol of a bountiful harvest. Today, wreaths are primarily used to brighten our doorways with their enticing array of textures and colors. Where once only found during the fall and holiday seasons, wreaths have become increasingly popular and are now displayed year-round. Our beautiful wreaths complement all styles of décor and look equally lovely on doorways, in windows and over the mantel...sometimes even as centerpieces! We offer many traditional round wreaths as well as charming heart-shaped wreaths, teardrops, squares, arches and other shapes. Discover the comfort of a fall wreath or the spirit within a Chirstmas wreath and witness the beauty they add to your home. Browse here for the best selection of all-season wreaths for your home.

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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!

How it Works:

Water is pulled directly through the terra-cotta!

Read more about Ollas on our blog.

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