Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ollas-trick to keeping plants watered in dry times

Saturday, June 1, 2013

If you live in a dry area, or like to take an extended vacation in the middle of summer, ollas may be the answer!  They are clay pots that are buried in the ground and filled with water.  This allows the water to seep into the ground as needed by your plants.

They can be expensive to buy, but they are also easy to make.  All you need is two clay pots, some silicone adhesive and broken pieces of tile or clay pot.

You simply glue a piece of tile or pot on both sides of the drainage hole, allow to dry.  Then, glue the two pots together.  After dry, you are ready to bury the pots and fill with water.  Be sure to cover the hole on top between watering to keep the water from evaporating or becoming a mosquito hatchery!

The bigger the pots you choose, the longer you can go between waterings.

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