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Miniature Fairy Garden Round Solar Fairy House

Miniature Fairy Garden Round Solar Fairy House

$59.95
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Large Color-Changing Solar Flower Lantern

Color-Changing Solar Flower Lantern

$39.95 - $59.95
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Large Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container

Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container

$24.95 - $29.95
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9' Wooden Umbrella With Pulley

Classic Market Umbrellas

3.400000|58
$59.95 - $199.95
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Bright Glass Outdoor Side Table

New! Bright Glass Outdoor Side Table

$49.95
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Handcrafted Linen Cupboard

Handcrafted Linen Cupboard

$999.95
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Resin-Rich, Easy-Start 35 lb. Box of Fatwood

Resin-Rich, Easy-Start Fatwood Kindling

4.800000|1125
$14.95 - $39.95
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Salted Pistachios In The Shell, 16 oz. Resealable Tin

Lightly Salted Giant Pistachios

4.200000|35
$14.95 - $24.95
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USA-Made Bedford Collection Upholstered Club Chair

USA-Made Bedford Collection Upholstered Club Chair And Ottoman

4.400000|17
$39.95 - $499.95
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USA-Made Bedford Collection Upholstered Cottage Rocker

USA-Made Bedford Collection Upholstered Cottage Rocker And Throw Pillow

4.700000|24
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8' x 11' American-Made Bear Creek Rectangular Braided Wool And Nylon Blend Rug

American-Made Bear Creek Rectangular Braided Wool And Nylon Blend Rugs

4.400000|7
$79.95 - $999.95
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8' x 11' USA-Made 100% Wool Virginia Braided Rug

USA-Made 100% Wool Virginia Braided Rug

$12.95 - $799.95
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American-Made Solid Pine Painted Baking Cabinet

American-Made Solid Pine Baking Cabinets

$1499.95
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Personalized Wedding Crock

Personalized Wedding Crock

$59.95
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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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