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Ollas watering system These handmade, unglazed pots bring
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Ollas watering system

These handmade, unglazed pots bring an ancient Native American watering technique to suburban backyard gardening. A porous earthenware pot called an olla is buried up to its neck and filled, ensuring nearby plants get enough water delivered directly to their roots, even during drought. The watering method virtually eliminates water run off and moisture loss through evaporation. And because roots typically grow in search of water, the result is a dense, fibrous mat of roots around the olla, which in turn makes the water-delivery system even more efficient. (Available in seven sizes, $17-$38 at arizonapottery.com)(Credit: Handout)

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