Ollas are an ancient form of watering your plants during the summer months. It is a method to hydrate the soil deeper down to encourage deeper and stronger root formation, as well as ensuring much of the water does not evaporate during the heat.
How to do your own:
- Find a small terracotta pot. Block the drainage with cement or putty.
- Dig a space in the soil, and insert the pot until the top of the pot is at soil level.
- Fill the pot with water. Cover the pot until the next filling.
Take a look at this video and see.
Note: this is very useful for larger pots and beds but can be more difficult to implement with smaller sizes. Make sure you water the plants from above but with a little less water.
Check out these beautiful pots created by Unai Cariñena. Not that I suggest using these for an olla. If you are in Barcelona or Madrid, you can also sign up for plant-sitting services from our community.