Do it yourself

Sep 07 2017 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Do-it-yourself Worm Farm

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If you really want to have a flourishing, organic garden that comes from your recyled waste – then you really have to make yourself a Worm Farm. I will show you how easy and inexpensive it is to make yourself. You will be able to get all your components from your local hardware store. I used 3 x smallish black plastic utility boxes with loose-fitting lids. You want to be able to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jul 24 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Keep on Growing

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I am proud to say that I am a Seed Gatherer! I have grown Heirloom seeds with some success and with the rewards, I am collecting the next seasons crop! The two tomato variations I have grown are Blondkofchen and Amish Salad Tomato. Blondkopfchen An heirloom tomato from eastern Germany. The name of this adorable heirloom cherry tomato means “little blonde girl”. These tomato seeds produce big, leafy, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants [...]

Jul 07 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Shabby Chic for the garden

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I have been told that my home is Shabby chic! This is something I have not heard before – where have I been? There is a definition for it in Wikipedia! Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. We take pride in making almost all our [...]

May 13 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

My own Compost

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Since I have started my organic gardening craze and the blog as well, I have been purposeful in keeping it all natural and organic. I raise chickens for their great personalities – oh, yes as well as beautiful eggs and the natural manure to feed my pesticide-free garden. I have learnt so much but if I do not put it into practice, then I am just a big wind bag of hot [...]

Apr 03 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 6 comments

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in Barbie’s Garden

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This Easter, I had great pleasure arranging an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in my garden for all the children !! The little “Easter bunnies” had to prepare for the big event by putting on their bunny ears and bunny tails. Hannes created such a fun video of the day and it went smoothly without one forgotten easter egg. Thank you Mr Easter Bunny!!   For all the blogging friends – the two [...]

Mar 17 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Throwing Stones

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This seems like the week of garden activity for me! Thank goodness, I have the strength to do the manual labour needed to get this job done! But – here I had lots of help! We finally got around to throwing stones for our new Zen area. It is already taking shape and I am so pleased that my hubby is gonna be part of this garden feature! My faithful work horse! [...]

Jan 25 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 19 comments

Hen House update

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Well, the final touches have been done and voila – the Girls have a fully “furnished” 5 star abode! We still need to add a perch and zoomy up the laying stations, but all in all I am sure not one of them will complain. We have 3 happy hens! The Great Hen House Build was posted earlier – (link here to see) We have approval and a 5 Star rating!! I [...]