Thursday, April 27, 2017
A native garden is sustainable because the plants can regenerate themselves with help of gardeners nourishing these plants. When the right plants are grown, the locals will naturally invite themselves into your garden to further help your garden thrive.
- Know where you live
- Build living soil
- Work by the water
- Be bug friendly
- Invite natives
- Beautify your garden
Mediterranean climate includes California, Central Chile, Western Cape, SW Australia, and Mediterranean Basin, and all these areas tend to be along the coast, with tropical weather.
Orange County, California’s best gardening months tend to be from October 1st to just before summertime.
The soil food web involves fungal networks that connect plants with soil nutrients. Such connections include bacteria, fungal filaments, protozoa, and predators.
To enhance your soil, use compost with three inches of mulch. To protect the soil from compaction, don’t walk over the soil when it is wet.
Compost is used in the soil with mulch. Organic compost includes tree, leaves, and bark mulch. Inorganic mulch includes gravel and pebbles. Native plants need a handful of compost for each plant.
Often check your plant for common plant distress symptoms, such as dead spots, wilting, few leaves, very small leaves, and light green or yellow leaves. These symptoms occur because of overwatering, but sometimes drought can cause these symptoms.
Two ways to conserve water in your garden involves growing native plants and using efficient watering methods, such as drip irrigation and rotators. Other methods include using rain barrels, cisterns, and tanks in swales, contours, and rain gardens in order to create healthy soil.
A rain garden is the flat bottom area at a particular spot in your garden.
Hydrozone involves matching water method to certain plants, which is good for most native plants. Hydrozone has to do with grouping similar plants by similar water usage.
Drip irrigation is OK for some native plants.
Turf and High edible plants require 70-90% water, which is very high. Fruit and Mediterranean area require 40-60% water, which is moderate. Native plants require 10-30% water, which is low.
Some native plants in Orange County include Autumn Sage, Buckwheat, Mexican Petunia, Pine Muhly, and Damiianita. They have important traits, such as extensive roots, solar tracking, and waxy/white/gray hairy leaves. White and Cleveland Sage use low water, and it grows with other similar native plants in October 1st.
Placement is important when designing your native plant garden because dry plants should be placed on top areas, while the water plants are placed at the bottom areas, of I guess, a slightly slanted land. You should match soil to plant, or place the plant in a pot. Other native plants include Southern Oak Woodland, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Schrub, and Brahea Palm. So, remember to plant the “right plant, in the right place, at the right time” is the secret to growing healthy plants.
Invasive plants, such as Pampass Grass, Mexican Feathergrass, and Vinca Major, will destroy your yard. Areas with Vinca Major tend to be a dead zone because nothing can live in that section. This plant will kill any animal that eats it.
Some beneficial insects include ladybug and its larvae, green lacewing and its larvae, and mealybug destroyer. Moreover, bluebirds, grosbeaks, nuthatchers, oriole, sparrows, swallows, warblers, and woodpeckers eat insects. Since bugs will attract birds, it is important to expand your bird habitat with milkweed, buckwheat, butterfly puddler, and California lilac in order to invite more birds and keep them happy.
Blackfoot Daisy always blooms, and it attracts butterflies. Bladderpod and Canyon Snow grow in the shade. Gooseberry and Currant grow in the shade as well as during the morning sun hours. Some desert plants include Desert Mallow, Indian Mallow, California Fuchsia, Canyon Prince Wild Rye, Palo Verde, Dasylirion Wheeleri, and Desert Spoon. The Dudleyas are succulents, while the Catalina Silverlace plant has lacy foliage that looks like a fern.
The carpet-like plants include Margarita BOP, Silver Carpet, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Island Bush Poppy, and Sugar Bush.
Small trees include Catalina Cherry, Manzanita, Western Redbud, Desert Willow, Toyon, Vitis Californica, Wooly Blue Curls, Lilac Verbena, and Baja Fairy Duster. The Western Redbud grows in the morning sun hours, while the Toyon provides food for the birds. The Vitis Californica provides native grapes for the birds, but these grapes tend to be grainy grapes, which is too grainy for people to eat.