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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.

1 Quart Olla in 14 inch pot

And second, it shows you how the shape of the 1-quart Olla (flared at the bottom and tapered at the top) allows for maximum water storage, while still leaving plenty of room for plant roots.

Complimentary Potting Service at Dennis 7 DeesThis was actually my first experience working with a 1-quart Olla in a garden pot, except I didn’t do any of the work. Instead, I took my hanging pots and my Ollas over to Dennis 7 Dees on Powell Blvd. here in Portland, OR. Dennis 7 Dees has a rewards program for loyal customers that includes a complimentary potting service. I purchased the annuals at the nursery, and one of the staff members planted them  in the pots I provided.

Using a 1-quart Olla is easy. You need to put enough soil under the Olla so that the bulbous opening is positioned above the soil level. Then make sure the cap is on, and backfill with potting soil. Then just plant normally.

Since I will be hanging these pots on my Southwest-facing porch, we chose a lovely group of plants suited to full sun. Bacopa and Calibrachoa will provide constant blooms until the fall. And though the Sweet Potato Vine won’t produce flowers (or sweet potatoes), its variegated foliage and cascading growth habit will add visual interest to the arrangement.

I waited to fill the Olla with water until I got back home. And that’s when I discovered that the three plants I bought all have different moisture requirements. The Bacopa wants Medium water, while the Calibrachoa demands heavy irrigation. And the Sweet Potato Vine listed “evenly moist” under watering requirements. Lucky for me, one of the key benefits of Olla irrigation is that a clay pot only releases water when the plants need it. So I’m curious to see how these three plants fare with an Olla providing the water. My guess is that they will all be spectacular this summer!

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

Good news! Dripping Springs Ollas has just announced a brand new product. They will now be manufacturing Ollas in two different sizes. Dripping Springs will continue to make their flagship product, a 2-gallon Olla, that is perfect for raised beds, in-ground gardens and large planters. But now, they will also make a smaller 1-quart Olla designed… Continue Reading

Mason Bee Mystery

Mason Bee Mystery

Here’s an update on my mason bee mystery. If you read my first post about building a mason bee box, you know that my mason bee box has about a dozen nests that were clearly built by mason bees. Those nests are capped off with mud, and were all completed within mason bee season, which typically… Continue Reading

Mason Bees in My Garden

Mason Bees in My Garden

By now, if you’re a gardener, you’ve read about those industrious little orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria). Native, wild bees—like the mason bee—don’t live in hives and they don’t make honey. They pretty much do only one thing, and they do it exceptionally well. They pollinate fruiting trees and plants. In fact, according to Crown… Continue Reading

Parking Strip Garden

Parking Strip Garden

I’m so lucky to live in Portland, Oregon. Today, the reason for my gratitude are all the beautiful gardens in my neighborhood. It’s delightful to walk around SE Portland. Most days I stop at least once…even when I’m running errands…just to smell the roses. I mean that quite literally. On this particular walk, however, I stopped to… Continue Reading

College of Natural Medicine Proves that Food is Medicine

Founded in 1956, Portland’s College of Natural Medicine is the oldest school of naturopathic medicine in the United States. Recognizing that wellness can not be achieved without a healthy environment and wholesome food, the school is embarking on a 20-year plan to develop green space on its urban campus. The plans are very ambitious and… Continue Reading

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