We've been doing this for several years and it works great. We save the several gallons a day that run prior to getting hot water just for the ollas.Make your own ollas using terracotta pots.The Olla waters by seeping water through the unglazed pottery into the ground around the buried pottery. Be sure to use food (or aquarium) safe glue.
The materials: * 2 litre plastic soft-drink bottle or water bottle * Sharp small screwdriver, pointed hole-maker or drill. Make 2 small slits in the bottom of your bottle. Make two more small slits half way up your bottle. Then fill your dripper bottle with water to test it. You want it to empty steadily but slowly. Place the bottle right-way-up in the hole. Fill the bottle with water from the hose. Add liquid fertilizer from time to time
Olla pots. 2000 year old idea for container garden irrigation. Great tutorial with photos, video, and easily understood text directions. This works in larger pots as well as in-ground. Also teaches how to use large barrels (think captured rain in barrels) to automatically send water to the ollas.Could be quite useful for off-the-grid living.
Homemade "ollas", to be buried in the garden and filled with water through hole in top. Water seeps through clay as vegetables draw moisture from soil. Conserves water and time spent watering! Link explains how to do.
Do this in the fall: Plant bulbs in Pots. Store the potted bulbs in an unheated garage or storage room. You'll need to water every few weeks since the pots won't have access to rainfall. In addition to small pots, pack bulbs "shoulder-to-shoulder" in big containers for an abundant display in spring. Toss aside the spacing recommendations so you can get as many bulbs into the container that will fit.