Four Ollas - 1.25 Gallon Garden Irrigation Pot - Gardener Gift
*Reduce Water Usage 50% -70%
*Save Time (fill every 5 - 10 days)
*Reduce Weeds (because the surface of the soil stays dryer)
*Strengthen Roots and Plants
Ollas are low-tech irrigation pots that were first documented in China about 2000 years ago, but many researchers think they have been used for closer to 4000 years. They continue to be widely used in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and there is increasing awareness of them in the US.
Ollas are clay pots (Terra Cotta) that have been fired at low temperatures, allowing them to remain porous. When filled with water, they SLOWLY seep water out through the walls of the pot. Plants never get overwatered or underwatered.
To use an Olla, bury it up to it's neck in the center of a 2'-3' circle, and fill it with water. Plant your garden within the circle. Continue overhead watering until roots are established ( a few weeks) . . . after that, just fill the Olla
These Ollas are intended for use in a garden or large (18+") container. It is about 12" tall and 9" wide. It holds about 1 1/4 gallons of water.
Not only does the wheel-thrown stoneware lid add art to the garden it discourages critters and bugs while reducing water evaporation.
The greatness of ollas is their simplicity - It is estimated that the use of Ollas in the garden reduces water use by 50% - 70%. They also reduce weeds because the surface of the soil remains dryer and they eliminate soil compaction . . . and best of all, they improve yields.