AROUND THE URBAN HOMESTEAD

Another round of photos for your enjoyment.

“You rang?”

“Well, even if you did I rather not come out.  I’m right in the middle of my afternoon beauty sleep if you don’t mind.”

I can’t help myself, just had to ad lib and wonder what goes on in that pretty little head of hers.

Enjoying the spring sunshine.

A shipment of ollas arrive. I don’t know about you but they just look so lovely there in the garden as they are.

“The buried clay pot or pitcher method of irrigation is one of the most efficient systems known and is ideal for gardeners and small farmers. Buried clay pot irrigation uses a buried, unglazed clay pot filled with water to provide controlled irrigation to plants as the water seeps out through the clay wall at a rate that is influenced by the plant’s water use.  This leads to very high efficiency–considerably better than drip irrigation and many times better than conventional surface irrigation” – David A. Bainbridge

We’ll be using some of these ollas in our garden here at the urban homestead.  Ollas are a  simple, ancient method of saving water and yet increasing the harvest.

For the past two or more years,  we have been using them in the garden.  See a clay pot irrigation bed at work

Transplanted tomatoes wait for their time to be planted in the garden.

Sunflower visited by one of our bees.

Comments(7)

  1. carrie says:

    I have never heard of Ollas! I’m curious how you ‘plant’ them, please post pics when you get them settled!

  2. Mama Taney says:

    I’m very curious about the ollas as well! Would love to know more & see more. LOVE the goat photos!

  3. Ecologystudent says:

    That is very interesting! It sounds like a wonderful solution to the irrigation problem.

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  5. Malcolm says:

    How many Ollas do you put per 4-foot square? The two I got last year as experiments worked well, but they only seemed to irrigate a relatively small area.

  6. Joan says:

    I don’t know if these Ollas are practical for my part of the country (Memphis, TN). What keeps mosquitoes from breeding in them? We have swarms of mosquitoes in the yard already….

    • Nikki says:

      You can get some that have a cap provided to keep the skeeters out. 🙂

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