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Jun 11 2015 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, | 4 comments

Essence of my Winter Garden

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I love the softness and the coolness of a winter garden. After a harsh summer, it is a pleasure to see so much green. The mist envelopes the mornings and everything looks magical – the spiders webs look like jewellery. I hope you enjoy the walk through my June garden…….. Lets see whats happening in the front garden My beautiful Leopard Tree! Lets see whats growing in the winter veggie garden Another [...]

May 31 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

My Greywater System

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We have been planning this simple Grey Water System for quite sometime. It needed to be simple and cheap to do! So today was the day!! I will take you through the process with the photo DIY. We decided to use a collection box to trap the grey water and direct it to the veggie patch through a system of pipes. These pipes are the average plumbing pipes you get at any hardware [...]

May 31 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous,

A Bokmakierie in my Garden

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I have never see this bird before!! What a surprise when I saw him in my garden!! I quickly looked up in my Bird Book (Sasol Southern African Birds – a photographic guide: Ian Sinclair/Ian Davidson) This beautiful bird, the bokmakierie, kept us entertained while he played with his reflection in the car window! This bird is not common in gardens, so what a pleasure that he graced ours and that my [...]

Jan 30 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 5 comments

Harvest Day

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This is the best day of the week! The day I go out with my basket and harvest all the ripe and ready vegetables!! Yum!! Happy Days! The photos tell the story……. Love all the veggies and such great variety!! Will cook some and juice the rest!   Happy Gardening xxx

Jan 26 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 7 comments

Bountiful fruit

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Wow!! I have joy in my heart! We are enjoying the bountiful harvest of fruit from our garden!! One day we will have apples as well!! Quinces galore and a fig tree that needs a scarecrow!! His name is el-sha-fig! Happy Gardening xxx   Save

Jan 20 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 6 comments

Heat of the Day

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The summer gets really hot here and last year I had too many of my tender lettuces and new seedlings wilt from the unrelenting heat of the day! So this year I got my thinking cap on and designed a shade that was easy to make and easy to use! And Voila!! I used shade cloth, velcro, tie straps and electrical PVC conduit piping. I use PVC glue to put the whole [...]

Jan 20 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening,

December 2014 Diaries

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So much happens in life! When I look at my To-Do list, my heart skips a beat! How can the time fly so quickly??? 2014 has gone! December is a memory and in-between life happening, my garden just keeps on going!! I have the pleasure of spending alot of time there now because I make the time. Growing vegetables has become a real passion and we love eating from the garden. I [...]

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!!