Do it yourself

Aug 03 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

New grass patch

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Hi Chris – today was the day! I fetched my grass sods from our friend, Kevin, who grows the most amazing indigenous grass. (Star Light Lawn) This grass is Cynodon – an indigenous grass, valued for its drought tolerance compared to most other lawn grasses. Also known as Bermuda grass, originally from the savannas of Africa. It grows in open areas where there are frequent disturbances such as grazing, flooding, and fire. [...]

Jul 28 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 17 comments

Design beginnings for the back

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Hi Chris, I was busy again this weekend – I don’t know where this energy comes from!! The bags of compost arrived from Nonke – all 30 of them!! They are super heavy and I had to scheme how I was going to bring each one to the back garden. I worked out a 3-phase plan to get each bag into the wheel barrow, whew! I managed to get 15 bags (one [...]

Jul 20 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 20 comments

back-breaking back garden project

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I have finally completed the hard landscaping of my back garden. It has been a gruelling weekend with great weather to help me complete the job! I don’t know where the energy came from, but I was literally in the back garden from sun up to sun down. I think the photos say it all! I was constantly being “assessed” by the chicken brigade! But I did get the final nod by [...]

Jul 11 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Finished the bed building

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It has been back-breaking business, but I have finally finished building the raised beds for the back garden this weekend. The chickens enjoyed the company and the new play area! I have filled the first bed with all the good and rich organic material. I have a friend that has horses and had straw bales for me! It is out-of-season, so they were more pricey than normal. But they are the best [...]

Jul 06 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

Recycling drive in Philly

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I have consciously been thinking about how my impact on the Earth can be reduced – in my own small way. My dreams are of collecting rain water, going solar heating for hot water, recycling our grey water…. these are all big projects I can do. I have started by growing organic, having chickens for manure and free-range eggs, making my own compost by saving all kitchen waste for the compost heap. [...]

Jul 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 8 comments

Organic layers

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Now that I have flexed my muscles on building a raised garden bed on my own, I have my work cut out for me to fill it with really good soil. I have been doing my research on sheet mulching or sheet composting. The main concept being composting in place. Its a way of eradicating weeds and building soil without using herbicides or tilling, of which both rupture soil ecology. I have [...]

Jul 02 2011 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 17 comments

My DIY trellises

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My first winter as a gardener and I’m learning all the time. So what have I learnt about winter? I’ve learnt that its a time to take stock of hardscaping projects and getting these done. As many plants die back or hibernate it seems to me one now has the space, time and because it is not so hot one also has more enthusiasm for diy. So whilst this is not quite [...]

Jul 01 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 25 comments

Building my raised bed garden

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I finally had a burst of energy this week and a bee in my bonnet to get my back garden started. It looks like we will not start with the backyard fencing until next year, so my interest turned to the designing of my back garden raised bed area. I had all my measurements  and my wooden slat sizes sketched out and I went to the Pole Yard to buy my 16 [...]

Jun 12 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 8 comments

Wooly winter

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Hi Chris, It was been a wet and cold week so far and in the evenings out come the warm woolies! It is really and truly winter and you will usually catch me with a blanket wrapped around my waist! I have been threatening to get wood for the fire for weeks now – but still no wood! I have been reading up on all my The Gardener magazines because all I [...]

Jun 02 2011 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Fertiliser, Gardening, Products, | 35 comments

Composting confessions and a solution

Keter Composter

Composting … I know it’s the “right thing to do”. I know it saves money. I know it would be great for my plants … bla bla bla. So I ordered a compost bin. When it arrived it was one of those that needs to be ‘planted’ in the garden and couldn’t just be put in the space I’d specifically allocated for it, being in a concrete alley way down the side [...]