Comments about Product: I use this planter as an herb garden and though some reviewers seem to think it is too small, it fits all the herbs I could possibly want and more. It is compact and attractive sitting on my deck. Although the pieces come varnished, be aware that eventually the moisture will cause the wood to rot. They last for several years though, and I just set up my second one after the first finally failed. I will probably buy another one and store it for future use in case they stop selling them.
Comments about Product: We are not sure what kind of wood this is, but it is not cedar. It is poorly stained a red color. We looked at similar planters and the reason we chose this one was that the verbage stated that it was cedar and the picture appeared to show a natural cedar planter, either unstained or with a clear stained. What we received did not resemble this at all. Additionally, pieces of the planter were already cracked slightly where they were supposed to fit together. SO, this product is definitely not as described and is poor quality. We have returned it.
Comments about Product: I am using this as a planter for strawberries. The only thing that would make this better is for the lowest level to be deeper. As it is I was unable to plant any berries in the lowest level. I was able to plant 24 strawberry plants in this planter.
Comments about Product: I looked everywhere for this exact planter and was thrilled to find it at Plow and Hearth. I love it! I plant mine with impatiens, and once they start thriving, it turns into a mound of color!
Comments about Product: It's a cute little planter, but smaller than it appears in the image. Very easy to put together (less than 5 minutes). There are lettered stickers on each piece, and it took a minute to realize that, if you put all the stickers facing inward, that is how it goes together. It's a bit pricy, but will be great to hold a variety of herbs for my kitchen.
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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!