Jul 8, 2013

Olla Resevoir and Dip Stick

 I have beentrying to make a visual gage to see how much water is being used in the Ollas. I think this will work well. For sure the two quart Mason jar works best.  You might also try a 2 liter soda bottle . The ones I tried were not strong enough and the weight of the water cause them to collapse. Our garden is flourishing with the subsoil watering of the Ollas. A two quart Mason jar fits very nicely on the top of Olla. In the top right picture I use a glass milk jug, but does not seal as well as the jar. The lid of the jar makes for a little bit of shade to keep the water cooler. I also use a kitchen towel over the top of the jar for additional shade.

The next step is to add a long stick bobber floating inside (not shown) that will show the level of the water once it is below the rim of the olla.  The 2 quart jar and at least a day or 2 of moisture before I have to fill the olla again.

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3 comments:

Kayleigh Hillert said...

Hi,

I am in the Los Angeles area starting an urban farm, using permaculture practices. We are looking into out watering system now and all the plastic of a drip system is entirely unappealing. I have found a little info here and there on ollas but thus far they seem expensive and hard to come by. Especially if shipping is part of the process. I know the Dervaes sell them but I am not particularly interested in supporting them as I disagree with their copyrighting situation. I'm also not convinced that I want to glue a bunch together as the glue in the soil thing is also unappealing. Not picky at all am I? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Kayleigh Hillert said...

Hi,

I am in the Los Angeles area starting an urban farm, using permaculture practices. We are looking into out watering system now and all the plastic of a drip system is entirely unappealing. I have found a little info here and there on ollas but thus far they seem expensive and hard to come by. Especially if shipping is part of the process. I know the Dervaes sell them but I am not particularly interested in supporting them as I disagree with their copyrighting situation. I'm also not convinced that I want to glue a bunch together as the glue in the soil thing is also unappealing. Not picky at all am I? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Daniel Halsey said...

You can get the price down.
I can get a pallet of them to San Diego, but you will have to pick them up there. No shipping. Down side is you have to buy 48 of them to get the wholesale price of $18 each. I sold all mine out within weeks. I distributed 5 pallets worth this summer. No better price or Ollas out there.

D

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