Ollas: Throwback to Old Gardening Ways
The ancient practice of olla irrigation is one of the best water-conscious methods to water your garden – and perfect for gardeners who can’t water frequently.
First introduced in North America by Spanish colonists and later adopted by Native Americans, an olla‘s a large, unglazed terra cotta pot. When buried underground and filled with water, the olla slowly releases water into the soil, feeding plant roots within a 2-3′ radius of the pot.
If used correctly, 100 percent of olla irrigation water’s absorbed by your plants, and your plants’ roots will proliferate around the moist clay jar – making hand-watering a thing of the past.
Austinites, if you’re interested in ollas – check out Dripping Springs Ollas. We have ’em here at the store and in the school garden’s we’re sponsoring. They’re fantastic!