Mon. - Sat. 10am - 6pm
Sun. 11am - 5pm
130 Commerce Ln #B
Rochelle, VA 22738
Just a "country mile" from our nation's capital, the Plow & Hearth Country Store sells our most popular merchandise. Enjoy beautiful mountain views, colorful vegetation and quality outdoor furniture on our wraparound porch and in our garden center area. Wander inside for a variety of unique gifts, gardening supplies, hearth accessories and traditional toys and games for children. Stroll upstairs to the second floor and make yourself at home in cozy country home furniture that suits every lifestyle.
Shop the complete line of Plow & Hearth and Problem Solvers items, including tools for gardening, fireplace screens and hearth tools, indoor and outdoor furniture, gourmet foods, garden and home accents, and functional footwear. Located on Route 29, just south of beautiful Madison in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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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!