Irrigation with ollas (unglazed clay pots) is simple and extremely efficient, but the system gave way to modern watering techniques decades ago. With this type of irrigation, gardeners fill unglazed clay urns with water and bury them near plants. The tops of the ollas (pronounced OH-yas) extend above ground so the urns can be refilled as water is absorbed.The water slowly seeps through the porous clay, directly irrigating roots. As they grow, roots form a dense, fibrous mat around the olla — the water nourishes the plant, not the surrounding soil and weeds.Ollas virtually eliminate the runoff and evaporation common in modern irrigation systems, allowing the plant to absorb nearly 100 percent of the water.
For small city lots, growing in containers is an ideal and practical growing medium. Container gardening makes growing more versatile as you are able to move the containers around to adjust to the seasons. However, one of the drawbacks to gardening in pots or containers is that they dry out too quickly.
Since we started using ollas back in 2005, we found out that the plants grow faster, better, and stronger near the ollas. And another advantage is that we cut out watering bill in half! Of course, this went along with many water conservation efforts.
By making your own Self Watering Containers, your garden becomes:
Patio, Deck & Balcony Friendly
Make your own using SWP (Self Watering Pots) using clay pot irrigation or “Ollas.”
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You can order Ollas online, or if you are local pick them at our Front Porch Farm Stand (Open Sun – Fri 9 AM – 7 PM)
We also have another shipment of heirloom seeds too!