Tyler Ludens wrote:I think it's the obligation to work for money that's stressful for a lot of people. It's not that they don't want to work. I think many, perhaps most, people don't want to just sit around, they'd rather do something meaningful with their lives. For instance my 85 year old dad, a retired dentist and dental professor who volunteers a few days a week at the Christian Dental Clinic downtown. He absolutely adores dentistry, and even though he's probably the slowest dentist in the world, he finds tremendous fulfillment from doing dentistry for free.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:If I buried an olla (clay pot irrigation) into a sheet mulch bed, would it work? Or would it need to be buried into the dirt? I will be growing my plants in the mulch. The mulch contains lots of manure and other fine grained materials, so I am assuming it would work. The cardboard at the bottom might even wick water along from the olla underneath the plants.
What do you think?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I agree with John, any time we can reuse plastic, we must do it to keep it out of land fills.
As far as the high cost of pre-made Ollas;
If you can buy clay or dig your own, you could always make your own vessels.
Making your own allows you to shape them to your needs. All it takes is clay, rolled into a "rope" shape, coiled up and then worked into a monolithic form, smoothed with wet hands and if you like, decorate with your totems or designs.
Let the ollas dry for at least a week, two is even better.
Place them in a fire pit, on a bed of twigs and build a fire stack around them so the pots are inside the fire stack, light it and fire the pots the way the ancestors did.