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Post  RJPugh on 4/13/2015, 8:51 pm

Greetings, all!

Has anyone in here ever used submerged clay irrigation pots in a SFG?  I recently watched a video about a guy in LA who has a very impressive urban garden that  makes use of this ancient method of irrigation, and it got me thinking.

I'm picturing small, narrow clay pots like this one: 



...buried (or mostly buried) at the junctions of the grid.  I figure that four of them would adequately service a typical 4x4 SFG.  Filling the little jugs on a regular basis might be an effective way to keep the bottom layer of soil moist.  If combined with a conventional sprinkle method, I suspect a SFG could stay viable in even the driest of climates.
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Post  ralitaco on 4/13/2015, 11:00 pm

That is a really amazing concept. How someone ever came up with that is beyond me. Good luck with that and thanks for sharing it.
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I have seen that video too

Post  Razed Bed on 4/13/2015, 11:42 pm

The key is that these pots must be unglazed or else they will not leach water into the ground.

I wanted to try this when I first saw it, but I could not locate unglazed pots locally.  I read other ways to do it and finally decided to go with self-watering and the old SFG reliable hand-watering by the cupful.

After a couple years of devastating Spring rains that turned my self-watering containers into paddies, I decided to stick with the hand-watering method.

I thought about it this way:  part of the reason to have a garden is to get exercise and be outside in nature rather than inside and sedentary.

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Re: Clay irrigation pots

Post  Pepper on 4/14/2015, 12:36 pm

I have forgotten what they are called but they go way back to what we would call ancient times
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Post  Pepper on 4/14/2015, 12:44 pm

they are called Olla's here is a short tutorial
http://drippingspringsollas.com/about-ollas/
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