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Barracks Road Shopping Center
1107 - C Emmet St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Our Charlottesville Store celebrates the foundation on which Plow and Hearth was built - the "spirit of country living". Relax in a comfortable rocker or chaise next to the stone fireplace. Sample delicious Virginia peanuts. Choose from a wide range of bird and nature items. Outfit your fireplace from the best selection of toolsets, firescreens and hearth rugs. Select from our assortment of quality garden tools and problem solvers. And don't miss our great choices in country comfort footwear.
Shop the complete line of Plow & Hearth and Problem Solvers items, including tools for gardening, fireplace screens and hearth.
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!