By gardener with mini-flower garden.... FromNorthern Virginia
Love it, but coating peeled.....
Comments about Product: I bought this because my husband is a fly fisherman. It lasted about a year before the gray color coating peeled off the front part of the fish. Now only the white resin shows in the peeled spots.
I turned him around so that the white faces the house, but it is disappointing, because I think he a great addition to our flowerbed. When it rains, water pools in the spot where we placed him, so it looks like he's jumping out of the puddle.
We learned our lesson with another rain gauge about removing the glass tube before freezing weather arrives, so that hasn't been a problem. We could never find a tube replacement for that first gauge, so it is an advantage to be able to buy one for the fish!
I will considering buying another fish, but I wish this one had not deteriorated so fast. We didn't have any especially terrible weather this year.
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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!