Keep your potatoes, onions and other root vegetables fresh and handy in these willow storage baskets. Plastic grocery bags add moisture to vegetables, speeding up decay. This set of two baskets add country flair to your counter top while protecting vegetables from light and allowing air to pass through. Fill from the top and older produce rolls through the bottom.
• Set of two potato and onion baskets • Attractive willow baskets look great in the kitchen • Baskets with removable lids store root vegetables
Size Small: approx. 7" dia. x 8"H Large: approx. 11" dia. x 12"H
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Comments about Product: I ordered these as a Xmas gift for my boyfriend. He buys vegetables every week from an Amish farmer and decided to buy all of his sweet potatoes at his final sale for the season. They are currently stored in a cardboard box in the basement. These baskets will look great in our kitchen and save us the trip back and forth to the cold basement. I am always disappointed when a product does not live up to its depiction, but these baskets are true to their picture. Nice find!
Comments about Product: I bought this to store my potatoes and onions, however the large basket is very large and you need a substanstial space. Also, the opening for the small basket was not large enough to pull out a medium sized yellow onion, so I am sending them back.
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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!