Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I found other websites that explained how to make them by sticking two terracotta pots together and sealing them. I wasn't crazy about trying that as I could imagine all of the various mistakes I'd make, how I'd ruin (waste) many very good terracotta pots, and perhaps leach sealant into my garden. Fortunately, I lucked up. On a snow day, my husband and I headed out to a local discount store, and there we found unglazed terracotta garden "globes" -- perfect and cheap! We bought eight. Because they did not have the long neck of a traditional olla, we also bought glazed plates to put on top of them to reduce water evaporation. Today, they went into my beds! I can't wait to see how they work this summer!
Earth Day is coming up on April 22. What cool ideas do you have to conserve water?
The website, closertodirt.com has instructions for making your own if you can't find anything that will work locally: http://www.closertothedirt.com/experimenting-with-ollas/
Visit The Garden Bloggers Sustainable Living (2011) Project for more great ideas on what we can all do and share your own great things: