terracotta pot

A reminder to myself:

When you try to hold on too tightly to the idea seed of a story, that story won’t fruit. You have to let the characters grow. Stop trying to shove them back into the tiny dime-store terracotta pots they were born in.

Yeah, they might turn into unwieldy, cantankerous briar bushes instead of the nice nightshade family you were looking for, but hey, that’s what you get when you plant the random seeds you find laying on the floor.

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Garden Irrigation with Ollas

Ollas are an unglazed terracotta vessel that traditionally resembles a bulbous vase with a tight neck. The vessel is filled with water then buried in the soil. The water slowly and gently releases through the porous clay to hydrate the plant.

Super bummed out we couldn’t find a pottery studio to make our own, so I’m experimenting with some ~8in high terracotta pots that should serve the same purpose. Protip: reuse wine corks to plug up the drainage hole. I bought matching lids to cover the pots to prevent mosquito infestations and reduce evaporation.

So far so good. I’m only testing on the gardening box that receives the most intense amount of sunlight. The water levels were almost completely drained at 7 days with temperature ranging for 30F to 60F in the past week. I’m sure the water level will go faster in the summer, but at least this means I can take a few days of vacation and not panic. The drawback to my vessels is that it does take away a bit of surface planting space.

I’ll probably do an update this summer to see how things hold up!