Our outdoor storage helpers offer practical solutions for outdoor storage of furniture, firewood, barbecue grills, gardening tools, pool toys and more. You’ll save time and money because our outdoor storage helpers provide a quick and easy way to protect your outdoor items from the elements, thereby ensuring many years of use. Our weather-resistant outdoor storage boxes and benches keep smaller items dry and neatly stored year-round. Our 100% water-repellent furniture covers are perfect for outdoor storage of chaises, chairs, tables, love seats, benches, fire pits, grills and air conditioners. Our sturdy firewood racks are a great outdoor storage helper for the woodpile. They keep the pile organized and elevated, which seasons the wood better and makes it less attractive to insects and rodents.
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!