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Olla's... a better way to water your garden in the desert.

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 02-16-2013 11:49 PM 2022 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in search of:
1- A better way to water more efficiently
2- A way to take a vacation for a week and not worry about the garden suffering.
3- Someway to keep the soil with the perfect amount of moisture.
This is one way I found and decided to give it a try, They are called Olla’s.
Walmart sells them starting around $30. I have noticed they are also sold online and they look great. Olla’s has been around for a long long time watering gardens all over the world.
With most of them being in the 30 to 35 dollar range and I need about 6 or 8 of them….outta my price range.
Somewhere online not sure where I saw terracotta pots used for Olla’s….ding!
So off to Wallmart and HomeDepot looking for orange 1 or 1.5 gal pots. and also small pots with the sausers that goes under them.

These will be my $8 Olla’s and will hold about 1.5 gallons of water.


First I drill a hole the size of drip irrigation about 1/4 in with a masonary drill bit in the bottom of the large pot.

The large sauser is adheared to the top of the large pot…. bottom of the sauser facing up.

Small pot is adheared to large pot, bottom to bottom so the holes in the pots line up.

After glue has dried I inserted a drip line with a T connector on the top, that allows me to hook as many up inline as we need.

The water level will be kept at a constant level with a control bucket and a water float.
All thats left to do is bury them up to the top ring on the small pot about 10 to 12 inches in the raised beds outside the green house.
Comments welcomed.
Happy Gardening.
God Bless.
:-)
Update 3-12-2013

They are installed in the new bed and hopefully mother nature will allow for planting soon. This bed is for beans and cucumber.
Come on spring!
:-)

-- JTC



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hardiness zone 8b

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-18-2013 10:03 AM

very creative thinking!!
Looks like a very effective way to water. Nice

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-18-2013 12:57 PM

This is a great idea and it should really help keep your plants happy. I really like the $8 vs $30 price tag difference. Does it ever get cold enough for your soil to freeze? Here I think I would have to dig the pots up every year so they wouldn’t crack in the winter but perhaps in your greenhouse it will stay warm enough all winter.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1213 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 02-18-2013 05:27 PM

We get very cold winter’s here. Heat tape on the pipes, our temps. usually allow for the ground to thaw by mid morning. The main body of water will be about 10” down so I think were safe.

-- JTC

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1951 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-26-2013 01:23 AM

Sometimes the best answers are low-tech…..

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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