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Beauty of the Rain

Beauty of the Rain

In case you haven’t heard, it’s been raining a lot here in the Pacific Northwest. And the proof of it lies with this beautiful shot of strawberry leaves in my garden. I noticed it the other morning, and I assumed that I was seeing an unusual configuration of dew drops. But I was wrong.

Guttation on Strawberry Leaves This symmetrical arrangement of water droplets is actually called guttation.Guttation is moisture that is emitted from within the plant. People often assume that guttation occurs because the plant has been over watered. But I can attest that I don’t overwater, because I use Ollas to irrigate my garden…and Ollas will only release water when the soil is dry.

Have I mentioned that we’ve gotten lots of rain lately? This phenomenon is due purely to the amount of water that has fallen from the sky. At first, I was alarmed that my poor plants were drowning. But I’ve since learned that guttation is a perfectly normal response on the part of a plant, and it isn’t harmful.

Lucky for me, it is beautiful. Happy rain day everybody!

Spring Sale: 20% Off 2-Gallon Ollas!

Spring Sale: 20% Off 2-Gallon Ollas!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s almost time to start gardening. The sun is peeking out today, and the ground is warming (and drying) up. That’s good news for anyone who wants to grow their own vegetables or nurture the bees. Here at Plug and Play Gardens, we’re doing our part by offering our 2-gallon Olla… Continue Reading

Win This Book: Gardening with Less Water

Win This Book: Gardening with Less Water

I’d like to introduce you to David Bainbridge. David has been involved in desert restoration and sustainable agriculture projects for more than 30 years. Back in the 1980’s he was working at The Drylands Research Institute at the University of California, Riverside when he stumbled across a reference to clay pot irrigation. Here’s the intriguing part… Continue Reading

Ollas at the Mother Earth News Fair

Ollas at the Mother Earth News Fair

I will be at the Mother Earth News Fair in a few weeks, talking about Ollas (and selling them too!). For those of you who don’t know about the Mother Earth News Fair…it’s an amazing garden/homesteading show where you can learn about sustainable practices for your home and garden. Whether you are interested in growing organic… Continue Reading

Potting Up a 1-Quart Olla

Potting Up a 1-Quart Olla

Here’s a picture of a 1-quart Olla from Dripping Springs. It’s sitting in the middle of a 14″ pot. The is a great picture for a number of different reasons.First, it gives you a good idea of how well this new smaller Olla fits in an ordinary garden pot. And second, it shows you how… Continue Reading

The Market Gardener: A Grower’s Handbook

The Market Gardener: A Grower’s Handbook

I like to read gardening books, but I must admit that I skim over all of the generic information I’ve read a thousand times. You know, the 20 or 30 or 40 pages taken up with “Understanding Your Zones” or the obvious advice to grow everything in full sun. At this point, I’m looking for something… Continue Reading

Find the Olla!

Find the Olla!

Last year Dripping Springs Ollas donated two Ollas to the CROPS farm program here in Multnomah County.  CROPS is an acronym for “Community Reaps Our Produce and Shares”. This organization grows, harvests and donates thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables to charitable organizations in the area. Here’s a picture of a small section of the farm… Continue Reading

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