“Southern California experienced an exceedingly dry stretch from January to March — normally the region’s wettest months — and then received virtually no rainfall in April.”  – LA Times

This year is on tap to be dangerously dry and that’s nothing new to this water thirsty basin.  LA basin normal rainfall is about 12″ and thanks to a recent miracle  it bumped up the inches to a little closer to 6″  Still scarily dry and already there’s been a rash of fires and it’s only May (God help us).

Water, or lack there of, has been on our minds especially when it’s vital for growing food (Rising Food Costs: How The Drought Will Increase Your Grocery Bill)


So with dry conditions on the horizon (in case you are wondering, So Cal rainy season is short lived from November – April) , we are taking every opportunity to bring in ollas and bury more in the garden whenever we get a chance.  Since burying them in the garden over 6 years ago,  our water usage has nearly been cut in 1/2.    We are totally “sold” on this ancient watering method… and others are too!

Here’s a recent review I got via email:

“….By the way, the ollas I got from you have been doing really great. My tomatoes have grown bigger and faster than anyone else’s! I’ll keep you posted later in the season” – Jake

Buy them online or pick up locally at our “front porch farmstand” and BE WATER WISE.

:: Resources ::

Using Ollas in the Garden

Ollas Questions & Answers

Ollas: Pottery that WORKS

Using Ollas in Containers


  1. Peter says:

    I live in South Australia, we’ve just gone into winter. So far we’ve had hardly any rain, the soil is parched. A bushfire was raging through the hills only a week or so ago.

    But true to Australian weather the skies suddenly opened up and we received over 40mm of rain yesterday. Bye bye winter veggie garden.

    “A land of drought and flooding rains”

    Surely there must be something in-between lol

  2. Mitch says:

    Would you have 6 feet x 1 foot available on a northern fence facing south several feet above the ground and be willing to make a water extractor from recycled materials to squeeze water from the air? I am dying to try it but my environment is not similar to yours and I live in an apartment. The amount that you could extract would not hurt the environment.

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