South Africa is considered a dry country, with an average rainfall of less than 500mm per annum. When every drop counts, responsible water usage should thus be a fundamental element considered when it comes to your garden design.
Becoming an environmentally responsible, eco-friendly and water-wise gardener is not as difficult as you might imagine and hence why more South African gardeners are adding indigenous plants, shrubs and trees to their gardens, giving renewed and valuable meaning to gardening’s ‘green fingers’. Something we, at Bokashi Bran®, are very passionate about.
The Benefits of an Indigenous Garden
Indigenous plants are often drought-tolerant and cope extremely well in warm and hot conditions.
Indigenous plants are very low maintenance, hardy and use far less water as they have adapted to survive under the natural rainfall conditions.
Due to their adaptive nature, indigenous plants are more likely to have an increased resistance to local insects and diseases that often attack other plants.
Most indigenous plants are richer in nectar which means that they will attract more local species of birds, butterflies and insects to your garden, which not only further enhances your gardens beauty but better helps to sustain the health and prosperity of the environment too.
Over and above indigenous gardens being wonderful in a multitude of ways, many of South Africa’s indigenous plants have also been discovered to contain unique properties which are used to develop life-enhancing medicines.
Top Tips for Indigenous Gardening
Plant endemic, indigenous plants that occur naturally in your region. Once established, they can generally survive on rainfall water alone.
Healthy plants have stronger roots and are more tolerant to water shortages, disease and insects. Keep your plants healthy by implementing the Bokashi Bran® food waste recycling to compost system in your home kitchen, which provides the opportunity for you to return valuable nutrients to your plants.
Improve your soil structure; soils rich in organic matter hold water more effectively and keep the soil well mulched to reduce evaporation. Yet another area where the Bokashi Bran home composting system will make yours a garden the neighbours will envy.
To think that South Africa’s Cape Floral Region is classified as the world’s seventh Floral Kingdom is the ultimate testament to the beauty of our indigenous plant species and how important it is to nurture and protect them in every way possible.
Upgrade Your Garden with Indiginous Plants, and Bokashi Bran®
Visit our website or contact us to find out more about how you can start your kitchen food waste recycling to compost program today and better encourage your eco-friendly indigenous garden to flourish.