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Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg Outlet Store

Store Hours:

Mon. - Sat. 10am - 8pm
Sun. 11am - 6pm

Phone:

(540) 548-4043

Address:

Plow and Hearth Outlet
3801 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Our Fredericksburg Outlet is filled with catalog overstocks, discontinued items and one-of-a-kind samples, for an ever-changing variety of top-quality items at 30 to 70% off retail catalog prices every day. You'll find the complete line of HearthSong toys, and Problem Solvers, in addition to Plow & Hearth favorites like gardening gear, fire screens and hearth tools, indoor and outdoor furniture, gourmet foods, unique garden items, and home accents all at great prices.

See what's new in store

Colorful Wicker Stacking Chair

Colorful Wicker Stacking Chair

$99.95

USA-Made Cedar Garden Kneeler Seat

USA-Made Cedar Garden Kneeler Seat

$59.95

Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container

Olla Ceramic Irrigation Container

$24.95 - $29.95

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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!

How it Works:


Water is pulled directly through the terra-cotta!


Read more about Ollas on our blog.

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