Ollas are unglazed clay jars with wide bodies and thin necks.
You bury the ollas in dirt up to their necks.
Then you fill them up with water. The water slowly seeps out directly into the soil.
I found a rock that exactly fits the top of this olla to help keep mosquitoes and curious wasps out.
I’m just starting out with ollas, but for more information about their history and use, check out these resources from the Dervaes family:
- Little Homestead in the City: Using Ollas – An article about ollas and a series of photos showing ollas going into the ground and in use.
- Little Homestead in the City: Ollas – Olla instructions and F.A.Q.s.
- YouTube: Path to Freedom – Water Wise gardening – A video showing how to install and plant around an olla.
- Peddler’s Wagon: Olla – Ollas for sale in the Dervaes family’s online store.