Watering made easy
And if you like to pop in and out of town like me, you'll get such peace of mind knowing that the Oya's are taking care of your plants while away. No fuss. Easy peasy. They're kind of like a free babysitter for your plants. (And yes, I used to pay a neighborhood girl $10 an hour to water my plants while away.)
How GrowOya's Work
Dig a hole in the ground and bury your Oya. Choose only Oya-friendly plants. (see below list)
2.) Fill your Oya with water
Use a hose or watering can to fill your Oya. We use a bucket and the rainwater from our rain barrel. Talk about saving water!! The plant roots will instinctively grow toward the water source of the Oya. If you don't get much rainwater where you live, you may have to surface water for the first few weeks. Over time, the roots will attach themselves to the outside of the Oya. I'll be looking for this when I put them away come fall. Exciting!
3.) Refill your Oya with water
Every few days, check your water levels in your Oya by peeking in the hole. Watch for obvious signs that your plants aren't getting enough water like browning, but so far, so good. The Oya's have been sufficient!
What size Oya do I need?
The small Oya will cover a growing space up to 2 feet in diameter, the medium Oya works for up to 3 feet of space and the large Oya up to 4 feet.
The Medium Oya is great for planter boxes, small raised beds and larger containers. A solid option for any garden looking to water up to 3 feet. A 6’ x 3’ foot raised bed is perfect with 2 medium Oyas.
Finally, the Large Oya was designed for larger-scale intensive growing. High output, urban farmers, community gardens or the raised bed farming family. It’s our solution to watering bigger. A nice big 8’ x 4’ garden bed is perfect for two large Oyas.
What plants like GrowOya's?
Plants with fibrous root systems that tend to spread and creep are also ideal matches for the GrowOya. Those root are more likely to "find" the clay pot and cling to it taking exactly the water they need. Above ground plants are preferred so don't even try carrots, beets, radishes and parsnips which are not compatible with this product.
Saving water in a drought season...
And did you know Americans typically use 100 gallons of water each day?
I really like companies like GrowOya because they encourage us all to grow our own food by giving us a product that helps achieve that goal. Isn't it such a pleasure to know exactly where your food came from? No pesticides. No chemicals. Natural and organic. Real food. It didn't cross halfway across the country or worse across the world. You didn't buy it laden with unwanted extras. You grew it. And it's better for you.
Two last tips...
- Regardless of the size Oya you plant, you want to make sure that it is buried with just the neck sticking out of the ground. There’s even a handy water droplet on the neck that tells you the exact depth. Nifty!
- You can choose to keep the silicone lid on or off. Personally, it's kind of like a big green reminder of where I placed my Oya.
A small, medium and large GrowOya set valued at $100!
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