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Making every drop count

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Making every drop count is the new slogan in South Africa and with water restrictions and maybe even cuts in the unforeseeable future, let us change our mindset about gardening, as lush lawns and flower beds consumes more water than a thirsty drinker may consume alcohol at the local pub. You may find as much pleasure out of a succulent and cacti garden as from the alternative flowerbed variety. Not all succulents have thorns and as Baloo from the Jungle Book so famously said Now when you pick..a prickly pear, and you prick a raw paw, well, next time beware, don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw, when you pick a pear try to use the claw… Have I given you a clue?” Yeah, you may not have a long claw but you could use gloves.

Here are some reasons to consider Xeriscaping

  • Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation, using very little water.
  • Succulents and cacti are beautiful, varied and reliable.
  • You can still have colour, texture and lively activity from insects that visit these plants, and the little creatures like lizards that love the rock walls and raised beds
  • You can plant them in virtually any container, which make for an even bigger eye catcher i.e. a teacup, mugs to create a hanging garden, use rusty old buckets or wheelbarrows, cracked clay pots etc. Other than the formal rock gardens.
  • The textures of these plants are as mind-blowing as an underwater dive at its best.
  • Most succulents are the gift that keeps on giving, as they can create a colony in a few seasons. You can easily propagate them from either a cutting, leaf or the small babies they make
  • If a drought is prolonged, they have strategies that enable them to shrivel to a shadow of their former selves, and then magically plump up again when it rains, giving me even more reasons to admire them.
  • The flowers attract many butterflies for the nectar and pollen, so your garden will not only be beautiful for you to look at, but provide a sanctuary for wildlife and beneficial insects.
  • They cover the ground quickly, with deep (but non invasive) root systems. This holds the soil in your garden, instead of washing away with rain storms.
  • In an established garden, very few weeds will be able to penetrate – making it a low maintenance form of gardening.

Last but not least cactus plants has some fascinating health and healing properties, which will be available closer and cheaper for your own personal use than to drive to a pharmacy or health shop.

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