Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The New Automatic Olla Watering System Where Your Plants Can Water Themselves 24/7  

EasiOyYa is a watering system that is based on the Olla (pronounced Oy-Yah) which is a sub-surface irrigation technique thought to have originated in Northern Africa or ancient China over 4000 years ago.  

EasiOyYa is the creation of David Borthwick whose exceptional consumer products have been developed through necessity.  And the EasiOyYa is no different.  It solves a simple daily problem we all have, forgetting or not being there to water the plants.

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and David has spent a lot of his life not far from Eromanga, which is reputed to be the furthest town from the sea. In an area that receives minimal rainfall it is essential to conserve water and ensure the little available can go a long way. 

David had been experimenting with various forms of gravity feed irrigation for over 30 years, but it wasn’t until he travelled to the village of Dehua in the foothills of eastern China that he fully understood the method of Olla clay pot irrigation used by Chinese farmers for thousands of years. 

This was the "missing piece" of the puzzle that David had been looking for, and he finally had the insight and expertise that would form the foundation for EasiOyYa. 
As an experienced horticulturist and business man with an existing online edible garden supply business for the last 10 years, David has developed an in-depth understanding of the problems people face with regard to keeping plants and crops watered.

Mr Borthwick says “Since these ollas are all connected by tubing to a reservoir, the gardener or food grower can be away from home for extended periods of time without having to rely on the neighbours or friends and family to come around to water the plants”. 

With the potential of helping gardeners across Australia and the US, especially in areas with a dry climate, and for those gardeners who face obstacles like high water pricing and restricted water availability, EasiOyYa could be a real game changer. 

So now for the science bit… the EasiOyYa irrigation system works due to the micro porous (unglazed) walls of the clay pots that do not allow water to flow freely from the pot, but guides water seepage from it in the direction where capillary suction develops ie where the plant roots are taking up moisture. EasiOyYa delivers water straight into the root zone of your plants. 

Mr Borthwick said “EasiOyYa has been adapted for today’s gardener from a highly efficient ancient method of sub surface irrigation, making the system even more efficient and easy to use – hence the name EasiOyYa”!  

For further information, please contact David Borthwick on 0400 339356 or email [email protected]     Visit on the web at  

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I live in Australia, the driest inhabited continent on earth. I have also spent a large portion of my life right in the center of Australia, not far from Eromanga, which is reputed to be the furthest town from the sea.

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This area receives minimal rainfall and we were accustomed to droughts, conserving water and ensuring the little would go a long way.

Later, I moved to the city and as a horticulturist, I started helping others to find a way to grow the fresh food they needed in the small spaces they had.

I have thoroughly loved helping build vegetable gardens for schools, set up herb gardens for aroma therapy in nursing homes, planted fruit trees high up in apartment buildings and grown vegetables and replanted them on movie sets.

I have been asked to speak at many garden clubs, to set up displays at home and garden expos to help educate people how they can start their own edible garden and to conduct testing and research on many garden products. I went on to achieve Certified Nursery Professional status in 2008.

But, where ever I go and with whoever I speak, I hear of one recurring problem…….  

People want to know how to keep their plants watered for extended lengths of time when they either need to go away or are just too busy to get around all their plants with a watering can or hose?

I have been experimenting with various forms of irrigation for over 30 years, but it wasn’t until I traveled to the ancient village of Dehua in the foot hills of Daiyun Mountain in eastern China did I fully understand a method of Olla clay pot irrigation been used by Chinese farmers for thousands of years.  Dehua is referred to as the treasure-house of Fujian for its green mountains, crystal water, richness in minerals and exquisite porcelain. And that’s where the EasiOyYa was born!

So, It’s An Old Chinese Gardening Method, Brought Back To Life And Made Better!

My exceptional consumer products come from necessity.  And the EasiOyYa is no different.  It solves a simple daily problem we all have: forgetting to water the plants or just looking after them when we are not around. In essence, they take the hard work out of looking after your garden.

David Borthwick
P: +61400339356


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