Olla clay pot irrigation

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  1. Narbil

    Narbil New Member

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    Hi Jeff, i love your site and all that it can teach me. Could you please tell me where i can purchase the Olla - clay pots for the garden irrigation. I love the idea of them and how they work, i think its brilliant. I live in Western Australia out in the bush . Is there anywhere in Oz i can buy them or do i have to buy them from overseas ?
    Regards Narbil:)
     
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    andrew curr Moderator

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    welcome Narbil
    perhaps u could make your own! Old milk bottles could work???
    Good luck!
     
  3. Narbil

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    :)
    Mmmm now that could be a very good idea, just have to find the old milk bottles now, thanks for that :)
     
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    Terracotta pots glued together would work because they are porous

    Wicking beds would solve your problem too
     
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    just realising milk bottles are not paurous so this wouldnt really help with watering
     
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    Hi Narbil, you can make your own with terracotta pots:

    View attachment 2960

    basically, you need 100% silicone sealant, two pots, another piece of pot to glue to the bottom hole of one pot.

    close the end of one pot, glue both pots together at the rims and leave for 24 hours to set, ensure one pot still has an open drain hole then bury it deep enough so you can still fill the pot. cover the top with a small teracotta saucer to prevent evaporation.

    theres quite a few videos on youtube too

    hope that helped
     

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    this looks like a great way to use ollas in Oz - will be trialing in Tassie soon

    https://suburbanfarmonline.com/2010/08/09/make-your-own-ollas/
     
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    andrew curr Moderator

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    Well done and welcome Cass !
    Im sure you could get those old unglazed pots from garage sales ;under your grans house etc
    That is a cute video Gonhar !!!Love that accent!!
     
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    I also thought that inverted 2 litre bottles stuck into the hole would act like an office water cooler and give a quick indication from a distance when the reservoir is empty.
     

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