Comments about Product: This stool is so adorable! If I could, I would buy every animal stool sold by Plow and Hearth, but I don't need a whole family of stools--lol! It is very well-crafted and so appealing to look at. Plow and Hearth is one of very favorite catalog companies!
Comments about Product: This is a good stool that helps my toddler reach the sink to brush her teeth. The height is just right for her at age 2, and she will be able to use it for years. She also loves to sit on it. And
the fox design is really cute.
One of the stool's legs is slightly shorter than the other three, giving the stool a little wobble, but it is basically sturdy. I like that it is obviously handmade, although the finish is a little too uneven and looks like it wasn't applied with the most care. Still, a good price for a handmade solid-wood stool.
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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!