I have to say, when my GrowOya arrived in the mail all I wanted to do was go plant my garden! Then a bit of depression crept up on me because, well, I live in Saskatchewan, Canada……and pretty much everything is still frozen here. So I got creative and planted some (hopefully soon to be) beautiful sunflower seedlings in a pot inside my house. More details to come on that….for now, let me introduce you to the GrowOya.GrowOya was created as a water saving system for modern gardeners. The idea came from an ancient irrigation technique called olla (pronounced o-ya). My quick dictionary look up of the word “olla” gave me this: “a large bulging widemouthed earthenware vessel sometimes with looped handles used (as by Pueblo Indians) for storage, cooking, or as a container for water” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olla). Makes sense to me. The GrowOya is a vessel for water. 🙂
My favourite part about the GrowOya is that I don’t have to worry about watering my plants as often. And I don’t have to worry about the water being wasted. The plants’ root systems will suck the water they need from the GrowOya and grow happily and beautifully! Two great points right there, because, lets be honest….I often forget to water my plants. Oops.
Alright, lets get into how to use this GrowOya. People, this thing is EASY to use. Anything that is easy is perfect for me. Heh heh. 😉 I was using the small GrowOya so I chose a large pot, filled it with potting soil, buried the GrowOya in the middle and then planted my sunflower seedlings. See, that is how easy it was! I just pour some water into the GrowOya every few days and leave the little plants to grow. And oh, have they grown!
After two weeks they are on their way to being sweet little sunflowers.
Here are some handy tips about GrowOya:
~ Plants/veggies such as potatoes, salad greens, cucumbers and bell peppers like the GrowOya. Plants with tap root systems like beets, radishes and carrots are not GrowOya friendly.
~ The GrowOya works best on plants that already have an established root system. If starting with seeds you will still have to surface water until those roots are established.
~ Using a GrowOya should give you a water savings of up to 70%!!! I am all for saving water.
~ The pesky weeds won’t get the water they need to flourish, so guess what…..less weeds!! That almost makes me want to dance as I hate weeding.
~ At the end of the growing season be kind to your GrowOya and bring it indoors or the poor thing will freeze and crack.
~ You can chose between three sizes of Oyas: small (2 foot radius), medium (3 foot radius) and large (4 foot radius).
There you have it: quick to set up, easy to use, environmentally friendly and comes in many sizes. Sounds great for any gardener!
The Growoya website has a ton of great information. Go on over and check it out. 🙂
Any avid gardeners out there? What do you like to grow? 😉