Fertiliser

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 [...]

Oct 29 2011 by in Christine's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Perenniels, | 23 comments

The Rookie Rose Grower

Beautiful Iceberg rose

My first roses which I planted were three Iceberg standard roses. I blogged about them when they first started blooming here and of course when they were first planted in March this year here. They’ve produced lovely blooms throughout the year but I’ve never been overly impressed with the actual plants since day one. They were not particularly good looking specimens, but once they were in the garden they were mine and [...]

Sep 10 2011 by in Christine's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, | 14 comments

Progress in the compost mixer

First load of compost

You might remember I invested in a compost mixer in June and set it up with its first “load” of material to compost on 2nd June. It’s been three months so I thought it might be time to get my first load of compost. Not quite … but I don’t think its due to the compost mixer. I had bags of leaf materials and “garden debris” which a garden helper collected for [...]

Jul 26 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 4 comments

Neutrog in my garden

Neutrog Samples

I had the pleasure of meeting Julie Velosa from Neutrog. She came across our blog and we met for coffee, here in my village of Philadelphia, and she offered us product to try out in our gardens. Well, I was totally keen to do this, because I know that Neutrog is certified organic and I have been looking at what to add to my winter garden in preparing for my spring planting. [...]

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 [...]

May 16 2011 by in Christine's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 11 comments

Thank you very Mulch

After mulching close up

Hi Barbie – I wanted to thank you again for the ten bags of apricot kernel / pip shell mulch you brought for me and thought you might like to see the results. I decided to tackle the two front beds first as I am waiting for the tree fellers to come on 6 June before I create the walkway at the back (which is what the apricot pip shells were actually [...]

Apr 04 2011 by in Christine's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, | 2 comments

Christine’s Soil Experiment Result

Soil Test Result

So I’ve learnt two things doing this “Great Soil Expirement”. The first thing is that I think I have good soil but have no idea how to actually read the result and the second is that I have a lot to learn about photographing glass containers that reflect light. Lots of reading up on the internet and the best I can do is a photograph of a jar of dirt and water [...]

Mar 16 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products | 6 comments

Worm Farming

Worm Bin Farming

I have always wanted to start a worm farm – ever since I saw the first worm farm bins at the Organics Expo 2 years ago. I do, however, find that R800+ is a bit steep for the initial set up. I have a good friend of mine (actually one of my authors) that started up a worm farm business called Worm Wisdom. Worm farming as a hobby will not only produce excellent [...]

Mar 15 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 8 comments

What is Organic Gardening?

Compost

Through my research I found out that for hundreds of years we have grown plants without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Today there is a growing concern for the environment and how important it is to us and the dangers of the pollution to air, water and animal life and food crops and its degradation, by the world-wide use of chemical products. We have not paid attention to the harm [...]

Mar 14 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

Fertilizers or Compost?

Swiss chard

A mistake which people often make is to assume that if they use artificial fertilizers, they do not need to use compost or any other organic matter. IF you have to use artificial fertilizers they must always be used in conjuction with compost otherwise the soil will deteriorate in its organic content with a resulting poor structure.  Bulky manures and organic products will steadily improve the quality of the soil so that [...]

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