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Native Benefits January 25, 2009

Posted by liajo in garden thoughts and ideas.
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vegetablegardens_1There are definite benefits to growing native and it doesn’t matter if you prefer to grow flowers, vegetables, shrubs or trees.

While the benefits are numerous they fall into three general categories, water, time and energy.

I’ll look at water today.  If the plant is native to the region then more than likely it has had time to adjust to the water conditions.  That’s why mesquite bushes grow in the Southwest and not the Southeast, they need very little water.

You could always water the heck out of plants that come from a wetter region than yours and they might live.  But is it worth it, watering can be costly and time consuming.  It’s much harder if you plant something from the desert in a more tropical area.  The plant will surely die.

There will always be drought and rainy years when even the native plants struggle a little.  You can also use containers for small plants that are not from your region and make an environment that they can survive in.

But your best bet is to go native.

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