Miscellaneous

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 [...]

Oct 29 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous,

Bugs Galore

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Springtime spender brings more than the beautiful flowers and great edibles!! It brings the hungry critters that devour those same Spring essentials! They must have all arrived on the same bus, because my garden is full of them!! A fruit beetle in the Tea Tree This fly is interesting – what is this?? He seems to be devouring a house fly!! It looks like he is a predator. Perhaps a good thing? [...]

Sep 29 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, Reviews,

Starke Ayres Garden Centre Visit

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My favourite outing – going to buy plants at my best-loved nursery – Starke Ayres Garden Centre. If anyone has it, they do! A great selection of seeds and seedlings (where I always go to first!) Every plant I have bought here has been well nurtured and tenderly cared for, from the supplier to the helping hands at Starke Ayres Garden Centre. My first impression was that they support organic gardening, first [...]

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 [...]

May 31 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous,

A Bokmakierie in my Garden

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I have never see this bird before!! What a surprise when I saw him in my garden!! I quickly looked up in my Bird Book (Sasol Southern African Birds – a photographic guide: Ian Sinclair/Ian Davidson) This beautiful bird, the bokmakierie, kept us entertained while he played with his reflection in the car window! This bird is not common in gardens, so what a pleasure that he graced ours and that my [...]

Jul 24 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

The Mouse and the Provita

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I am having so much fun with this little mouse who lives under our outside deck! He is the smallest of the bunch (family of 5!!) and he has been appointed the official Provita Scout! That’s why I named him Scout! Today was so funny!! I thought, what would he do if I held onto the Provita………     This was day two……. Scout the mouse was at my finger!!

Jul 21 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

The Mouse Whisperer

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This is the cutest thing! I have a family of striped field mice living under our outside deck and every day I throw them a Provita cracker. Lately, they have been waiting for me. I always whistle and make a “Provita feeding time” sound, so I decided to try hand feeding today. The smallest mouse – I call him Scout because he is the one they send out to collect the food [...]

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 [...]

Feb 24 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Badboy bugs

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This last season I hardly had any problems with beetles, bugs, caterpillars and aphids in my garden. The ones that did come by uninvited, they didn’t leave too much damage – almost as if they were being polite. The aphids were devoured by ladybugs and the caterpillars were hand-picked and “placed” elsewhere (the chickens don’t like the furry, colourful squigglies) But these little nasties destroyed my rocket OVERNIGHT!! My sweet rocket and [...]

Nov 22 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Spotted an Owl

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This beautiful Spotted Eagle Owl was spying on me while I was working in the garden. It looks like we have a pair that are breeding behind our house in the field. I think he was the male because his call was only two “Hoooo hooooooo’s”.  I see a number of owls where we live and are not fussed by us. Our mice have suddenly disappeared since seeing them around.  I found [...]