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What is a Olla?
A ancient technique to preserve water, originating from Northern Africa, and also used by other indigenous cultures of the world. The Olla, or wet pot, irrigation pitcher is an unglazed ceramic clay pot , fired at a low temperature. The pots pores allow water to slowly seep through to the plant roots. This way the plants take only what they need, no more worrying about over watering, runoff or under watering your plants.
How can a Olla Conserver water?
By only allowing the roots the necessary water needed, rather than having to water top-soil. Ollas conserves 50-75% on water use this way. The Olla only needs to be filled about every 3-5 days.
How to use Ollas?
Dig a hole about 12 inches into soil, bury the Olla Irrigation pot only exposing the neck.
Plant your seeds, plants around the olla, then fill it with water. The watering radius is based on the size of the Olla.
The pores in the clay-pot will allow water to slowly seep directly through to the plant roots. This way the plants take only whats needed, no more worrying about over, or under watering soil. This works great for Moringa trees which can get root rot quickly.
The top-soil stays dry eliminating unwanted weeds, and less stress to plants.
See increased yields from veggies, fruits, herbs, and etc.
*Note if you have chlorine in your water, the chlorine will dissipate out of the olla over night and deliver non-chlorinated water to your plants. You can also add organic fertilizers, not too thick for pour seepage.
Just another highly efficient irrigation system, that truly conserves water.
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Ollas discovered in the Cleveland National Forest, displayed at USFS office in Alpine, Calif. USFS photo by Maureen Anderson.