July 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm (garden) (, , )

So my  new  way  of  watering is with ollas.  This  is  an old  method of  watering plants, really  good  for areas  that don’t hae a  lot of  natural  watering. There is a  little bit  about  them here. The idea is that you take unglazed pots with narrow openings and bury them in the ground. You place plants around them and fill them with water. The water seeps through the walls of the pot , watering the plant. The idea is that the plants will take the water they need – drawing more water if they need it .

Most of my ollas were made by using a terracotta pot flipped over and epoxied ( marine epoxy ) into place.  I fill them through the hole that would have been the bottom of the pot. Most of mine are small – holding about a quart of water, but my garden is shallow. I do have one larger one – I glued two pots together, blocking one of the holes.

I wasn’t  sure  how  this  was going to  work , I  am  notoriously  bad at  watering. But  I  find  this  pretty  easy  – I  have to  fill my  watering can  there  times and  somewhat sloppily  fill  the ollas.   Every other  day is about  right , but  that is where the beauty  of  the  system  comes in –I can put  water in  them  everyday.   It  takes  less  time, and I  can’t  over  water.   Also  it  works  the way  I  was  told.   Some of  my ollas  are  bone dry – and some are still half  full two  days  later.  I’ve  been  told  that  tomatoes  need less  water  and peppers  need  more – well , that is  how  it  seems to  be  playing  out.


  1. bjb said,


  2. Kari Buchanan said,

    Any pictures of the ones you made?

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