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Jan 30, 2012 2:38 PM CST
I'm wanting to try ollas this year since we get so little rain here in Colorado Springs. Anyone know anything about them? I've gardened for years but not in this location so am learning how to here in Colorado Springs more every summer. Thanks!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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Jan 30, 2012 2:41 PM CST Admin

I've never heard of an olla before so I googled and found this article:

Ollas (pronounced oh-yahs) are unglazed ceramic water pitchers buried near the root zones of plants. Instead of watering the plant directly, you fill the olla. The water slowly seeps through the clay walls of the olla as the roots take it in. Unlike traditional irrigation techniques, very little water is lost to evaporation and runoff.

The idea reminds me of other water catchment systems that capture water and slowly deliver it to your plants over time. I believe I'll experiment with ollas this summer!

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