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Posted by Alex Kruger almost 13 years ago

Ongoing arid zone, alkaline soils and salt tolarant species research going on...

We have been researching approaches and species suited to our climate - about 300 mm of rain per annum, usually(!) falling in winter. Summer highs of 45 degrees centigrade and winter lows of -7 degrees centigrade have been measured here. we have experimented with indigenoue Southern African plant species that can tolerate this extremes, and the fact that soils are alkaline, and our water supply fairly salty - especially in winter. Our water infrastructure is an ongoing theme, as we have no official 'agricultura'l water rights attached to the dam, and have relied purely on a seasonal river.

We are happy to share the knowledge we have on this front, and are also interested in any experience you may have in especially fruit species that can handle this type of situation.

We are cultvating olives, apricots, peach, almond, plum, nectarine, pomegranate, apple and pear. Persimmons have been a bit miserable, and even a guava died!

Getting hold of genetic stock in South Africa can be fairly challenging.

this update will be updated!


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Alexandra Berendt
Alexandra Berendt : I agree and even though our rainfall is slightly more generous and our property does not have salinity issues, I would love to see a list of things that are doing well on your propety now as the remainin conditions seems to be fairly similar.
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