Aug 21 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 2

The month of August is potato planting month here in the Western Cape. I buy my potato seeds from Living Seeds ( and they offer effortless planting instructions – there are two options: The Direct Method: Simply take your planting potato seeds and plant them directly into your prepared beds. The sprouting will be uneven so you will have plants maturing at different times. The Chitting Process: Lay your potatoes in egg […]

Aug 18 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 20 comments

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day washed out

I was heart broken when the weather turned nasty and the Cape storms hit our region with a force that went on and on. The ground is saturated and my garden looks like a huge pool. If we encounter another storm, then I’m afraid the ground cannot soak it away and the land will flood. It was near impossible to take part in the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th, but […]

Aug 13 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 14 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 1

Welcome to the first “One Minute Tips” from Barbie’s Garden. If you have a tip to share – let me know! Maybe yours will be selected and I will do a “One Minute Tip” on it! Happy Gardening xxxx

Aug 13 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Recipes, | 10 comments

Garden on a plate

Wow – that was some storm we experienced over the weekend. I was so worried that the hail storm was going to ruin my veggie patch and when it rained cats and dogs, it was going to wash everything away! Glad to report that there are only small pools of water and the garden has survived. So much so, that I could pick an amazing lunch salad from the greens all around […]

Aug 09 2012 by in Annuals, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Spring is on its way

Which will soon look like the others

It was a public holiday here in South Africa today (Women’s Day*), AND the sun was shining for a change, so I managed to get out into the garden. Several urgent tasks required my attention and thanks to the sunny weather, I was able to get quite a bit done. The new Jasminum polyanthum which I bought as a replacement for the Bougainvillea (that became overgrown, crashed and was removed) were finally […]

Aug 05 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 19 comments

My Late Winter Harvest

A closer look at my stash

I’ve been winding down my little herb and vegetable plantation (read: pots and planters filled with herbs and greens) in order to prepare the planters and pots with fresh compost and soil for planting up of fresh seedlings for Spring. So my harvest is small, but it sure packs a punch. For our August Garden Bloggers Harvest Day I’ve managed to fill a basket with wonderful herbs we will use in out […]

Aug 05 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 9 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in August

There is snow in them thar hills!! The evenings are still bitterly cold as we kick off on our eighth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of August 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens are weary of the wet and cold. We are preparing for the sunshine and the warmer days. The hint of spring is here, but we are still wrapped in winter woollies! The seed banks are full […]

Aug 03 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, Reviews, | 4 comments

Biodiversity showcase garden

Cape Town is internationally known as a biodiversity hotspot with many species occurring nowhere else in the world. The Biodiversity Garden in Green Point, Cape Town was built around the World Cup Stadium in time for the Soccer World Cup (2010). I took my sister (the one visiting from Australia) to this Showcase Garden last week where we learnt about all the elements making up biodiversity through a series of themed gardens. Instead of […]

Jul 29 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 15 comments

Too pretty to eat

New acquisition: Lemon Thyme

Hi Barbie – I was very inspired by your post about the Edible Flowers in your garden. It got me thinking, how many edible flowers do I have in my garden? Your list is really very comprehensive and includes some flowers I did not know were edible. I’ve been watching a lot of MasterChef series lately and am always charmed by the look of the dishes that use edible flowers in their […]

Jul 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 19 comments

Wander about the neighbourhood

The weather was so beautiful on Monday that my hubby and I took a meander about the neighbourhood. We live in a quaint village that is surrounded by wheat, canola, cows, sheep and even pigs! I love this time of year, when the fields are green and the canola is bright yellow – hey, wait! It’s not spring yet! The canola is early! Oh well, looks like the patterns are changing and […]