Two West Coast questions

Hi guys!

I live in Melkbosstrand (Western Cape, West Coast) and we have a real problem with hydrophobic soil. How does one rectify this cost-effectively and safely? Also, I want to plant some plants that are indigenous to the West Coast where I live and that are drought resistant. Do you have any ideas? How should I prepare my hydrophobic soil for these plants?

Thanks very much!




5 Responses to Two West Coast questions

  1. sue September 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I live on the sea on the west coast too. I find that the more compost and organic materials I add to the soil the more absorbent it gets . you are welcome t o visit my garden to get some plants that grow well in this area and also to see what I do to combat the salty air and extremes in wind that one finds on the west coast .

  2. mol-d September 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    hi sue,

    sounds like you have some good tips… do you have any pics / details of your garden?

    why not post them in to so we can share them on the blog? only if you want to… 🙂

  3. sue September 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Sure . Will take a few photos tomorrow when the sun is out. The spring flowers are worth a look at.

  4. Elephant's Eye September 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Here is a useful blog post with a gorgeous wildlife friendly West Coast garden
    gardening on the West Coast by Artist Marie Theron

  5. mol-d September 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    thanks for the link, ee…

    thanks in advance for the pics, sue…

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