Ollas - Save Water and Time
Here is a basic explanation of how the olla watering system works as well as some pictures of the ollas we have for sale. If you would like to buy an olla please visit our store.
the Basic idea
An olla is an unglazed clay pot that is large on the bottom and has a narrow neck. It is used as a very efficient method of irrigation. As you can see in the picture, the olla is buried up the the neck in the soil prior to planting. The soil level just needs to be below the rim of the olla so that you do not have soil falling into it. Once you have planted, you will fill the olla full of water. As the plants grow the roots will grow around the olla and use it as a water source. The porous nature of the low-temperature fired clay allows water to pass through the wall of the olla and keep the plants watered. This method of watering uses up to 70% less water since there is no runoff. However, not only will you stop wasting water but you will also spend less time watering.
Pictured here is the larger 2 gallon olla. These are used in our 3' x 3' and 6' x 3' garden boxes. They are available in our online store.