Comments about Product: They have a great look but without lids they aren't suited for rainy weather, and having to hang/take down repeatedly - too time consuming. Would really love to see strands of these, w/ lids like Plow & Hearths individual solar powered Firefly Jars! I actually like the look of these better, if only they had lids on them. Individual jars are too pricey.
Comments about Product: We hung this set of adorable lights from our wooden patio cover centered over our patio table. We used black eye hooks that we screwed into the wood beams, and then extended the length with black iron hanging plant extenders and various sizes of black iron S hooks. They are at various heights, spaced about a foot apart. The muted soft clusters of lighting bouncing off the jars is delightful! We poked the Solar Box unit up through the lattice so it's in the direct sunlight all day long. We leave the switch ON solid, and so far, so good. While they have only been up week, we hope for a couple of summers use of the lights. Easy to take down when the rain showers start. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Comments about Product: Quality jars. Look great from a distance. Hanging them was difficult to put it mildly. At first I thought my branches were too high but I managed to find some low enough to hang. You need the right tree with the right branches at a reasonable distance from the ground to hang or you'll need the fire department to do it for you. The wire in between each light only allows you to place the jars a certain distance from each other as well as the last jar in the branch to the ground solar panel. All in all, it was a bit of a chore. Putting them in the shade does not mean they will not fill with water during a rain storm.
Comments about Product: The jars do look great hanging in the tree-However, getting them in the tree was another story. You really have to have branches at the perfect height and distance apart. You only have so much wire to space between each jar and the last wire to the solar ground panel so it is a bit of an undertaking. Even though is says to hang in the shade, they fill with water during a rain storm. There is no getting around it. If you don't have the right tree, these aren't for you.
Comments about Product: THE GLASS BOTTLES WERE NICE TO LOOK @ BUT IMPRACTIAL WITH NO TOP, WATER IS SURE TO GET IN. ALSO IT WAS SAID TO KEEP IT IN THE SHADE SO WATER WOULDN'T GET IN BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO PUT IT IN THE SUN FOR THE SOLAR LIGHT TO WORK.
Comments about Product: I loved this idea! The jars are real mason jars - heavy with sturdy metal handles. The lighting mechanism is cheap. I am disappointed that there are two options on the lights - all solid - or flashing which is all lights flashing at the same time. I had hoped the flashing option would give the effect of lightening bugs - but they are annoying so I just keep them on solid. Great idea - not fully thought out execution.
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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!