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Gifts for the Hostess

Never show up empty-handed again: Plow & Hearth has a wonderful assortment of timeless (and much-appreciated) gifts for the hostess that you can buy now to keep on hand for future parties. If you want affordable yet memorable gift ideas for the hostess, this is the place to be. From tasty gourmet snack tins filled with peanuts, pistachios, nut mixes and more, to elegant wine stoppers and glass candle holders, to beautiful flowers and seasonal delights…all of our gifts for the hostess are sure to please.
Ceramic Log and Fire Designed S'mores Maker with Sticks and Plates

S'mores Maker

$6.95 - $16.99
Extra Large Virginia Peanuts, 40 oz. Tin

Extra Large Virginia Peanuts, 40 oz. Tin

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Globe Snack Dispenser with Globe Finial

Globe Snack Dispenser and Interchangeable Finials

$3.99 - $19.99
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Snack Carousel with Ceramic Bowls

Snack Carousel with Ceramic Bowls

Peanut Trio Gift Tower

Peanut Trio Gift Tower

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Gourmet Snack Mix

Gourmet Snack Mix

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Salted Pistachios In The Shell, 16 oz. Resealable Tin

Lightly Salted Giant Pistachios

$14.95 - $24.95
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Peanut Cozy For Canned Peanuts

Peanut Cozy For Canned Peanuts


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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