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OYA: Plant Irrigation the Traditional Way

Growing plants takes serious time, dedication and knowledge. Unfortunately many beginners lack those things, especially when it comes to the rising trend of (urban) gardeners who want to grow their own food locally.

The inventors of the Oya and founders of GrowOya, were inspired by an ancient irrigation technique and recreated it for a modern market. According to them, clay pot irrigation is a super high-efficiency watering system for home gardeners, providing water savings up to 70% compared to common surface irrigation. Additionally, watering becomes very easy because it needs to be done only every few days and without special know how.

Clay pot irrigation is a traditional form of localized irrigation where a clay pot is buried among the plants, with the neck sticking just above the soil, and filled with water every few days. The planted clay pot (called an Oya or olla) is made of unglazed porous clay allowing the water to slowly, efficiently seep out of the pot. Plant roots instinctively grow toward the water source and connect directly with the Oya which allows them to take exactly the water they need when they need it, neither more nor less. This is a highly efficient form of watering making life easier for gardeners and much better for plants.

The Oya has been used in agriculture-focused cultures dating back thousands of years. Spanish settlers brought Oyas to the Americas during colonial time (which is the derivation of the name olla). Clay pot irrigation is described more than 2000 years ago in the Chinese Fan Sheng-chih Shu (the first agricultural extension book).

GrowOya have developed the Oya in three different sizes, 2,3 and 4 foot in diameter, depending on how large the growing area is. The product is targeted explicitly to young, urban and eco-minded people who are new to gardening in their backyards, rooftops or community gardens. The suggested retail prices are around 30$, depending on the model.

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