Comments about Product: I bought this planter last year as a Christmas present for us. It waited almost 8 months to be assembled but we finally did it in time for me to put in some flower pots and enjoy the look for few months. I stained the boxes in light color and I stained the wheels red. What a beautiful result. I liked the natural wood look but I know from my experience that it won't last so why to stain later when it would be more complicated (planter assembled). This planter is sturdy, good size, each box holds 3 6" pots with no problem. We did have a little of problem when assembling the boxes with wheels which is our fault because we did not pay attention in which order they should be assembled so we had to unscrew parts and put them back the right way. My advise is to go slow and pay attention to details. Otherwise the assembly was easy and the end product is wonderful.
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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!