We’ve been talking about ollas for the last few months in our efforts to find more efficient methods or watering. If you’re just joining us now, an olla is essentially an unglazed clay pot that you bury in the ground, fill with water, and allow plant roots to pull as much water as they need through the clay.
Photo courtesy of Dripping Springs Ollas
We put an olla to test in the Sunset Test Garden and have been pretty impressed with the results so far. All we need to do is fill the olla with water once a week and the plants take care of themselves.
Here’s how we set it up.
Senior garden editor, Johanna Silver, getting her hands dirty but keeping those sneakers clean.
Step 1: Dig
Dig a hole in a well amended garden bed large enough to submerge the olla.
Step 2: Bury
Bury the olla in the…
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