Do it yourself

May 19 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Project Back garden starts!

Concrete removal

Hi Chris, hope you are enjoying your garden! I have had a busy work week, but with a public holiday yesterday I took the opportunity to do some heavy work in the back garden and I managed to convince my wonderful (and muscular) hubby to help tear down the ugly washing lines I so dislike! I don’t think you even know this area because it is hidden from sight behind the shade cloth screen. [...]

Apr 23 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Grass Feature – Part 1

Grass Patch

Hi Chris, I wanted to upload a completed Grass Feature post, but this is not to be – yet! I was so convinced it would take me a few hours on Good Friday morning to get it looking ‘mooi’ but it is Saturday evening and I’m STILL not finished. So here was yesterday’s big graft! I had to drop my tools at 6pm when the sun was setting and it was starting [...]

Mar 08 2011 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 6 comments

Time out with The Gardener on DVD

The Gardener DVD

Today my eagerly awaited purchase of the DVD Series of the popular show, ‘The Gardener’, arrived in the mail! ‘The Gardener’ is South Africa’s favourite’s gardening magazine whose live-wire editor is inimitable Tanya Visser (see photo below). Tanya presents a weekly Television Series on the South African Home Channel called (you guessed it!), ‘The Gardener’. Each week Tanya presents a topical gardening subject ranging from laying your own lawn, pruning roses to [...]

Feb 15 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Products | 7 comments

Basic organic pesticide

Organic pesticide

I have been using this basic organic pesticide in my garden, especially on my lemon tree, and it is working wonders. I know we both hate using these harsh chemical pesticides and with the help of Margret Roberts, I have been successful with this mix. Take a bucket (I’m not quite there yet with this huge quantity) of basil or any pungent strong herb. Pour 1 to 2 buckets of boiling water [...]

Jan 16 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Products, Reviews | 2 comments

The DIY Planter

DIY Planter

Here is the Planter you gave me for my birthday. I just love it! It works beautifully and I so love this that I am going to make more for the garden – they are simple to put together. And now that you have given me your dimensions, we are going to be busy building a whole lot of them. They are waist high, so you have an easy reach when you [...]