The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley 3060 Center Valley Parkway Center Valley, PA 18034 Get Directions
Our Center Valley Store is located in the beautiful Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Our newest store at over 5,000 square feet is fitted with a beautiful stone fireplace and brings the catalog you have loved for years to life. In addition to a great selection of quality products for your garden, outdoor furniture, unique items for outdoor entertaining and outdoor living there are Plow & Hearth favorites like Dansko® footwear, Life is Good® clothing and accessories. The store also carries the best selection of toolsets, fire screens and hearth rugs to outfit your fireplace, plus a delicious assortment of gourmet foods.
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Colorful Wicker Stacking Chair
USA-Made Cedar Garden Kneeler Seat
Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container
$24.95 - $29.95
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!