Caroline Deveau

Caroline Deveau

As a writer, photographer, and organic gardener living in Connecticut, I'm passionate about growing my own food and finding ways to do it in compact suburban and urban spaces. I write about life in and around my vegetable garden—affectionately known as the Suburban Farms, and I'm always looking for ways to dig up the lawn.

Dream Come True, A Self Watering Garden Via Homemade Ollas

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Here’s a handy project to keep you busy during the cold months. I first read about ollas (pronounced oh-yah) over at Little Homestead in the City. Basically it’s an ancient irrigation method that uses unglazed, porous clay pots buried within the root zones of plants. Water poured into the exposed necks of the pots (or pitchers) naturally seeps into the soil, providing a continuous supply of water to the plants.

I’m intrigued by any method of watering that reduces consumption and is more natural. Ollas seem like the perfect answer, but premade ones can be expensive if you’re using them to irrigate everything. Then I found a gardener named Matt who posted an excellent how-to for making your own ollas using nothing more than inexpensive terra cotta pots. Matt’s site is closertothedirt.com. I followed Matt’s tutorial, and here’s how it went:

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