Commonly today referred to as the “Oya”, the traditional “Olla” or “Aulla”, an unglazed ceramic jar with a wide body and narrow neck, dates back to ancient Rome, where it was originally used for cooking and storage, and as a funeral urn. As Roman culture spread across Europe and co-mingled with other cultures, in Celtic Gaul the “Olla” found common usage in agriculture, and became a symbol of Sucellus, the God of agriculture. In later years “Ollas” found popular use as the required vessel for the preparation of localized foods in Spain and Catalonia.
Similar vessels became popular in the American southwest, and while they could have been introduced to the region by Spanish settlers it is more likely that Native American contemporaneously developed them on their own. In the New World they were used for storing water, cooking and serving, as well as for other uses.
But the primary use of the “Olla” was is irrigation, primarily among the Spanish and then Native Americans. As water slowly seeped through the unglazed ceramic walls of the Olla”, its use in agriculture become obvious, and widely used. “Ollas” would be buried in the earth with the necks sticking out above ground. Fruits and vegetables would be planted around the “Ollas”, and the “Ollas” were then filled with water. The slow seepage of water to the roots of the plants made for effective and efficient growth, with little waste through spillage or evaporation.
With today’s climate crisis and pervasive drought conditions, the use of the “Olla” is a water-saving and cost-saving effective way to garden for virtually anyone with a little plot of land where they wish to grow vegetables, fruit or decorative, flowering plants.
The company GrowOya now has available reasonable priced modern versions of the “Olla”, that are perfect for home gardening, and even for small agricultural plots. The GrowOya they manufacture reduces traditional watering by 50% to 70% and their pots under normal conditions require refilling only every seven to ten days. Each GrowOya comes with a bright green colored cap to prevent evaporation or contamination. The bright color blends in well in any garden.
Each GrowOya pot:
- Is 7” in diameter, 10” high and holds three liters
- Should be buried 36” apart and has a coverage area of 24”
- Reduces weeds as no surface water is available for them to begin rooting
- Deep water promotes root development for your plants
- Saves time and energy, and water – self-regulating watering is great for your plants and for the home gardener.
Enhance your green living buy reducing your water consumption while growing delicious fruits and vegetables and pretty, fragrant flowers, with the use of a few GrowOya Pots in your garden.
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