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Try an ancient technique for efficient watering! An Olla is an unglazed ceramic vessel used for underground irrigation – and one that's been around for thousands of years.
Water seeps through the container, providing moisture to the roots of your plants. Simply bury the olla in the soil of your garden, leaving the neck with topper exposed. Fill it with water and check it periodically. The Olla is an ancient technology that is eco-friendly and conserves water, as none is lost to evaporation or runoff.
• Olla unglazed ceramic irrigation container
• Eco-friendly watering system saves water
• Bury the olla in your garden, raised bed or pot
• Water slowly seeps out to plant roots as needed
• Eco-friendly solution saves water – no evaporation or runoff
Please note: the wooden dowel dipstick shown in the video and images is not included.
Small Olla 6"H, holds 18 oz.
Large Olla 10"H, holds 36 oz.
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!
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