Garden Olla (Oya)
An ancient form of localized plant irrigation, ollas (we call them Oyas like they’re pronounced) are porous terracotta pots. When filled with water, moisture seeps out slowly through the walls to water your plants right at the roots.
Once established, the roots of your plants will instinctively grow towards the water source (you’ll need to surface water also for the first couple weeks). Over time the roots attach themselves to the outside of the Oya and draw water out as they need it. They take just what they need—no more, no less.
Oyas work best with plants that have fibrous root system (adventitious root system) and an above ground canopy. The more creeping the roots, the better they’ll be able to grow to find the Oya.
We’ve seen the best results with:
tomatoes, bell peppers, chilli peppers, potatoes (and most nightshades), cucumbers, salad greens, kale, herbs, edible flowers, gourds, melons, squash, beans, peas, corn…
Plants with taproot systems (one primary root) like carrots, beets, radishes, parsnips are less likely to work with Oyas.
And to be clear, Oyas aren’t used to sprout or germinate seeds. Seeds and transplants need to be surface watered until the root system has developed enough to reach for the Oya for regular (and efficient) watering.
It works really well when I dug it out there was a nice ball of roots around it so you know it really works! The plants were happy and flourished very well when growing around it!
works well. Fill up once a week or so and let the goya work for you. We used it all summer with good results. Cut down on watering time.
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