We are very excited that our spekboom hedge line is growing spectacularly. Spekboom is frequently referred to as “the Tree of Life” or the miracle plant, due its ability to capture carbon and assist in restoring natural ecosystems. Also known as “olifantskos” (elephant food), spekboom’s other beneficial qualities include improving soil quality, reducing erosion and stimulating the return of biodiversity in an area thanks to it’s soil binding and shading nature. Bees are also shown to be very productive honey makers when the spekboom is in flower.
Spekboom has the unique ability to switch its photosynthetic mechanism from that of a rainforest plant in wet conditions to that of a desert cactus in semi-arid conditions, making it highly efficient for its environment.
Spekboom is also considered a valuable feed for livestock and horses, but according to an 1896 journal farming industries in the Cape Colonies “Where animals are well fed and pampered, they sometimes lose taste for this excellent natural food”.. far it would seem our equestrians are in the well fed & pampered category, we will have to wait and see if Donki takes to sampling.
John & Jo
We are the owners of horseAbout Trails & Adventures in the Western Cape.
“We left the premises with heart full of joy, love for these amazing horses and admiration for the lifestyle of John and his family.”