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Gifts For Pets & Pet Lovers

Our furry best friends need presents, too! Whether you’re on the prowl for gift ideas for pets, or gift ideas for pet lovers – Plow & Hearth has a great selection of both. Pamper your pooch or spoil your favorite feline with one of our plush pet beds; we have them in every size, for kitties and pups on up to the big dogs. Other meow- and woof-worthy gifts for pets include food bowls, Christmas stockings, ramps and steps, dog bones and cozy doggie bathrobes for after his bath. Our gifts for pet lovers include all sorts of things emblazoned with images of dogs and cats, from sheets, throw pillows and draft stoppers, to lounge pants, slippers and a pawesome collection of cute dog prints. Our big plush animal pillows make perfect snuggle buddies for all ages. If practical gifts for pet lovers are what you want, we have pet furniture covers, ranging in size and purpose from sofa covers for dogs to bed scarves as well as a variety other creative pet covers for furniture. And for the not-as-tidy companions in life, we offer a variety of pet mats for messes, and stylish ways to hide the cat’s litter box.
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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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