The use of ceramic pots is an ancient technique for efficient irrigation. From China to South America, unglazed terracotta pots have been found from long forgotten gardens. Today, these so-called ollas are still used all over the world, especially in traditional cultures. The pots are buried between the plants in the vegetable garden in a border or planter. Then the pot is filled with water and the roots of the plants draw water from the pot. When the soil is moist, the pot stops seeping. Depending on the amount of water used by the plants, the pot can be refilled 1 to 2 times a week. This form of irrigation can save up to 70% of the garden water usage. The olla can be closed with the supplied cork so that evaporation of water is prevented. Also, no small garden animals or insects can fall into the pot and mosquitoes are kept at bay.
PLEASE NOTE: Dig out the olla before winter and store it indoors: the olla is not frost-resistant.
Dig the pot, between plants in vegetable garden, border or planter and fill the olla with water. The roots of the plants will extract the water from the pot. This form of irrigation can save 70% of garden water consumption.