Traditionally an Olla is a simple pot used for cooking or as a funerary urn but ancient civilizations have used them for irrigation for thousands of years. Chinese texts date the practice back at least 2000 years and we have found evidence of this technique in ancient Rome, the middle east and South America. This simple technique has been helping humans cultivate their gardens long before we developed modern plumbing and irrigation practices.
You can purchase Olla’s from various garden stores but they generally cost $40 -$80 a piece. For a fraction of that price you can create your own using pots and strong glue.
This simple solution will keep you garden green and happy on those hot summer days. The water will slowly absorb through the pots and into the soil around it providing your nearby plants consistent water.
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After patiently waiting for ten days my seeds have begun to sprout and peek out…