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Bird List and 5 Tips for Bird Watching at Random Harvest Farm

Over 156 species of South African birds live here or visit Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, but sometimes they’re so difficult to spot!

We love these 5 helpful bird watching tips from an expert birder:

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How to create a Highveld Garden with Locally Indigenous Plants

Creating a landscaped garden with locally indigenous plants from the South African Highveld is a great way to garden sustainably. Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery has designed and installed a small Highveld Garden, using plants that we stock.

This garden shows that one can create a beautiful outdoor space in an environmentally sustainable way. By using locally occurring plants, inputs such as pesticides, fertilizer, and excessive water are not necessary.

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Random Harvest Nursery announced as Supplier of the Year by SALI

At their Gauteng year end function, SALI (South African Landscapers Institute) announced to our overjoyed Wholesale Sales team that  Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery had been selected by them as Supplier of the Year. What an honour!

We stock over 800 species of South African flowering plants, and the wholesale nursery team (Jeffrey, Sydney, Bridget and Meshack) are well equipped to help you choose plants that are suitable and suggest replacements for exotics or those not available on your list. 

You can contact Bridget in the office on 082 553 0791 for quotations.  Should you not have bought from us before, please do pop in and introduce yourself, and spend time looking at our inspiration gardens that showcase some of our South African plants for sale.

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Seven Steps on How to get a Beautiful Lawn this Spring.

A good garden design will see your indigenous garden looking beautiful through all the seasons.

But our lawns often suffer and don’t look their best by the end of winter.  I have had many customers at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery asking for spring gardening advice, particularly on how to achieve a healthy, beautiful lawn in time for summer.

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The First Day of Spring in South Africa

Happy First Day of Spring! Come and soak up the splendour that explodes from the nursery at this time of year. With such an amazing diversity of plants indigenous to South Africa, we are truly spoilt for choice.

Spring has greeted us dramatically at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery this year. The lovely cold snap of weather at the end of winter has emphasised the welcome warm sunshine of the beginning of spring.

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10 Great South African Indigenous Plants for Children's Gardens

Not many people seem to know that South African Indigenous plants provide the most wonderfully rich gardening experience for children.

Getting into the garden with your child can be a daunting experience if you don’t know much about plants. That's why we thought we'd suggest ten of our favourites for children, from Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery.

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Growing the Indigenous Bulb Scilla natalensis

Have you ever wondered how to plant bulbs? We grow the beautiful Scilla natalensis (Blue Squill) bulbs here at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, and thought we would share with you how we grow them. They are such a lovely accent plant with their large grey green leaves, that even when not in flower they are very handsome indeed.

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Seven Reasons that Gardening is good for children

Every child needs a garden, no matter the size.

Getting kids outdoors to have fun doing activities in nature has many benefits.

Here are seven reasons that Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery believes gardening is good for children.

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Indigenous Gardens - Vital Habitat For Urban Biodiversity

Indigenous gardens have a very big part to play in nature conservation. Urban sprawl has a negative effect on biodiversity (the number and variety of living things in a specific area).

The best way of making sure that urban wildlife survives is by creating habitat, something best achieved by planting indigenous gardens. In this video, Linda De Luca, owner of Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery explains about the importance of providing habitat for garden wildlife in an urban area.

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Pensioners Day at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery & Tea Garden

There are so few places in and around Johannesburg where, as a pensioner, you can enjoy tea and cream scones in a beautiful and peaceful outdoor garden setting for just R40.00. Once a week our Pensioners' Special at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery allows for just this.

Easy access to the tea garden and the retail nursery means that even senior citizens using walkers or in a wheelchair can reach the outside sitting areas, and enjoy the garden-like meandering paths around the nursery.

Our tea garden in Muldersdrift is set under spreading Acacias, and on a cold day, one can sit in front of a cosy fireplace and still enjoy being away from the city.  We are less than 30 minutes from many retirement homes in Johannesburg, making a group outing very accessible.  There is plenty of safe parking.

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