Archive : 2014

Dec 02 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

November gifts from my Garden

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I am so glad to be in the dirt again! So much has happened these past months and to be back in the garden to see what gifts it brings makes my heart so glad!! My favourite is the summer tomatoes!! Nothing tastes like a sun-ripened red garden tomato!! My salads are jumping for joy! I am harvesting the most delicious varieties of lettuce and to add to this, great summer sweet [...]

Sep 18 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 9 comments

Garden revival

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You know that feeling when you go away on a holiday and come back to your home – it feels like you are a stranger! It takes awhile to become familiar again with your garden. That’s how I felt! I felt as if I had been away or hibernating – I had to spend at least a day just greeting everything that was actively growing or peeping out of the soil. So [...]

Jul 24 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

The Mouse and the Provita

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I am having so much fun with this little mouse who lives under our outside deck! He is the smallest of the bunch (family of 5!!) and he has been appointed the official Provita Scout! That’s why I named him Scout! Today was so funny!! I thought, what would he do if I held onto the Provita………     This was day two……. Scout the mouse was at my finger!!

Jul 21 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

The Mouse Whisperer

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This is the cutest thing! I have a family of striped field mice living under our outside deck and every day I throw them a Provita cracker. Lately, they have been waiting for me. I always whistle and make a “Provita feeding time” sound, so I decided to try hand feeding today. The smallest mouse – I call him Scout because he is the one they send out to collect the food [...]

Jun 17 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 2 comments

May Day Blooms

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I have been so amazed with the weather we had in May and early June. We had sunny & warm days and wet & windy days as well as snow-on-top of Table Mountain days!!! And this can all happen in one week!! The garden takes a real knock, though! The big confusion happens when the peach tree is dropping its autumn leaves and then, ….out of no where a PINK BUD! A [...]

May 25 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

Garden revamp for water wise gardening

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Hi all my gardening friends!!!! I have been re-vamping the garden so that 2014 is going to be a water-wise and energy efficient year! One of the reasons I fell off the radar!! All the work was done by my hubby, Hannes, and myself so any extra free time was spent fixing and building! I am going to share with you the front garden changes and the new addition of our rain [...]

Feb 24 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Badboy bugs

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This last season I hardly had any problems with beetles, bugs, caterpillars and aphids in my garden. The ones that did come by uninvited, they didn’t leave too much damage – almost as if they were being polite. The aphids were devoured by ladybugs and the caterpillars were hand-picked and “placed” elsewhere (the chickens don’t like the furry, colourful squigglies) But these little nasties destroyed my rocket OVERNIGHT!! My sweet rocket and [...]

Feb 18 2014 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 12 comments

Sunflowers from sunny Cape Town

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Hi all gardening friends!! My year started off very busy work wise and the summer has kept me more outdoors than in! We are experiencing a heat wave in Cape Town these past few days so 32 to 38 degrees is the average!! Whew!! Hot in Philly!! I have to show you my beautiful Sunflowers that were all over my garden this summer. They are now going to seed, but were spectacular [...]