Gardening

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 [...]

May 03 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

What’s growing in my backyard

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After a week of work committments, my head has hardly moved away from the computer. This has left me with the feeling of “cabin fever”! I was so pleased that we had a holiday on Wednesday – International Workers Day (Labour Day) – and I was NOT going to spend another moment sitting! I was in the garden, playing with the newbie chickens and Skollie (who has calmed down quite abit!) and [...]

Apr 29 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

The Gardening Blog in the News!

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I was so excited when Christine told me that “We are in the Fair Lady Magazine!!” It was such a surprise to the both of us that our “little” blog made it in one of the top woman’s magazines here in South Africa! We are both grinning from ear to ear and had to share this with all our gardening friends! And the Article reads: “Life long friends Barbie and Christine are [...]

Apr 15 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

Mid-Autumn in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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The weather is changing and so has the gardening energy. The tempo has died down to a slow pace. The time to reflect and review has set in. The blooms that have decided to stay are still delighting the soul. Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in April 2013 The enthusiasm has been packed away and replaced with a more relaxed view of where to go from here. Funny, that autumn always brings this [...]

Mar 24 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Earth Day clean up

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I normally miss all these important dates – like “Earth Day” and “Water Week” and read about them in the news paper I lay in the chickens bedding weeks later. So I decided that Earth Day (wednesday, 20 March) was my day in the garden. I spent time cleaning up and looking at ways to help the Earth in my own backyard. We have been thinking of adding a greywater system for [...]

Mar 22 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 13 comments

Scary Centipede

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I had to post this photo my sister took of a huge centipede she found. Oh My Word!! It has a long tail and this one was about 10cm long without the tail. The legs, for me, are the creepy part! I get goosebumps just looking at it! Centipedes Centipedes (from Latin prefix centi-, “hundred”, and pes, pedere, “foot”) are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are [...]

Mar 17 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Early Autumn in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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The cooler days are slowly replacing the swelter of summer. The refreshing rains in March will give the Two Gardens a welcome time out! This is the time to reflect and review – what is coming up this season and what can we look forward to. Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in March 2013 I have started early with all the cleaning and cutting and digging and clearing. I feel ready for the [...]

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! [...]

Mar 06 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 16 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in March

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The summer has past and we are going into autumn this Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in March and the veggie patches of  Two Gardens will be in the middle of refurbishment. We will be seeing the last of the lettuce and the summer veggies. Now is the time for clearing out the old and anticipating new growth!!!! The weatherman is still slinging heatwaves at us, so let’s see what we have been busy with [...]

Mar 03 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Trees, | 4 comments

Front garden activity

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This has been such a busy weekend in the garden for me – no longer could I stand the disheveled look and the hanging, overgrown bushes. I had the energy and the will-power to get it right! With my boots and gloves on, I got out the lawn mower,  edge trimer, wheelbarrow, sheers and spade! The neighbour was thunderstruck! She could not believe that I did it all single-handedly! I even had [...]