Agri Kultuur March/ Maart 2016 - Page 80

Article & photos by Andrea Durrheim H aving an efficient garden is a boon, especially at those times of the year when you really don’t feel up to spending a lot of time working outdoors. But what do I mean by an efficient garden?  Use water efficiently  Use labour efficiently  Still have a great looking garden How to achieve efficiency Plectranthus neochilus First and foremost, limit lawn. You want some lawn area for kids and pets to play, but lawn uses a lot of labour and a lot of water, especially if you want to keep it looking good all year. By the way, did you know that many of the playing fields we see when we watch sport on TV these days aren’t planted with grass at all? There are some very realistic Plectranthus ambiguus ‘artificial grass’ products on the market. They wear out in a few years, but then they are recyclable. It’s turning into quite a trend among gardeners in the US, particularly in California’s drought. Plan your garden wisely. Most of us have a few highmaintenance favourites that need lots of water and attention. Consider laying on grey water from your Leonotis leonurus White Lion