The Oyas Are In!
I recently ordered some of the Oyas we are selling by our partner, GrowOya. We’ve been very excited as a company to work with GrowOya, not only because the products are so great, but the team that leads the company is pretty cool. Josh McWilliams, Kenny Torrance, and Brant Cheetham are focused on community gardening, utilizing water effectively in our gardens and substainability. Read more about them here.
Back to the Oya’s. They’re called “Oya’s” by the GrowOya team, but there’s quite a history behind them. Wikipedia describes them as “The Latin word olla or aulla (also aula) meant a very similar type of pot in Ancient Roman pottery, used for cooking and storage. Later, in Celtic Gaul, the olla became a symbol of the god Sucellus, who reigned over agriculture.” But the Ollas used for cooking were at one point adapted to irrigation as well: “Because water seeps through the walls of an unglazed olla, these vessels can be used to irrigate plants. The olla is buried in the ground next to the roots of the plant to be irrigated, with the neck of the olla extending above the soil. The olla is filled with water, which gradually seeps into the soil to water the roots of the plant. It is an efficient method, since little water is lost to evaporation or run-off.”
So now to modern-day use. They’re a great way to provide water to your raised garden beds or containers full of flowers. Bury them up to their necks in the container or raised bed, fill with water, and then just refill every 5-10 days, depending on need. I decided to put them in the larger raised garden bed and the two animal trough raised beds I recently installed in my back yard.
They were SUPER easy to put in. Basically, dig a hole slightly larger around and about 2″ more shallow than the height of the Oya. Put Oya in that hole. Fill dirt in around the edges. Done. Oh, and fill with water. I used one Medium Oya in each of the water trough raised beds (just under 4″ long x 2″ wide) and 2 of the Large Oyas in the larger traditional raised bed (7′ x 4′).
Next step, get the plant starts in!
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