Barbie’s garden

Sep 10 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Do it yourself | 5 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 4

Recycling is an important activity in my house. I always like to find new ways with old things!  Most of our home is furnished with old wood made into tables, old corrugated sheeting hanging from the ceiling, ropes and chains. Here is a quick and easy way to recycle old tins and used clothes pegs. What can you recycle today? Do you have any recycling tips and tricks? If you have a […]

Sep 09 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

Fence building

Hi Chris!! It has finally happened. The long discussed idea of walling in the back garden. As you know, we put up  temporary shade cloth fencing to give us some privacy. But that was some 6 years ago. We have been in our home for 7 years now (in October), so the temporary shade cloth has stood the test of time – but has to go now!! There is so much ground […]

Sep 05 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 8 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in September

The spring sun is out and the gardener is happy on this, our ninth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day the 5th day of September 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens are celebrating the spring – finally. The days are getting longer and warmer and we can feel the season is changing. Barbie loves the bold yellow of the canola fields surrounding her village and the bright red of the little Bishop bird. […]

Sep 02 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels | 19 comments

What’s this plant?

I was visiting my sister last week and she gave me this plant to identify. Well, as I am not an expert, I thought I could ask my gardening friends! What is this plant? It grew from a bird dropping, she says, and is now a beautiful bush, so it grows like a weed. The blossoms smell like jasmine. Is there such a thing called a Jasmine Tree?  I thought it looks […]

Sep 01 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

Happy Spring Day!

A BIG HAPPY SPRING DAY to all our southern hemisphere gardeners! I am excited for the new season and my garden is waiting to burst forth! There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.  ~ Mirabel Osler Happy Gardening xxxxx

Aug 31 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous,

Feeding time

It was feeding time today and the neighbourhood gang came to join in!! The yellow Weaver Birds are the most comical. They come and call me at lunch time when I have forgotten the time. The chickens have to peck quickly if they know whats good for them. These little doves come in huge mobs and can devour a chickens lunch in seconds! Feeding time is always a big occasion at our […]

Aug 30 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Something stirring in my garden

I have not been getting the “spring is a coming” feeling! I have been so preoccupied with work and family birthdays and just feeling cold these past weeks in August that my poor garden has been so neglected. I have to admit that the “feeling has not been there”. I gave my favourite hobby a break. But the blooms are happily awaiting spring, regardless of the absent gardener. I have seen new […]

Aug 27 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 3

Organise your garden seed collection with an easy-to-do tip! This seed bank will keep things neat and tidy. 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 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 […]