Miscellaneous

Jul 30 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

What’s eating my parsley?

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Hello my gardening friends! I need your help with something. I just don’t know what is eating my parsley!! I have looked for insects and have looked for caterpillars and I don’t think it is a fungal infection. It is definitely a biting insect! HELP!! I am losing both my parsley bushes and they take so long to grow. Look at the stalk of the parsley – it is being chewed! If [...]

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 [...]

Jul 18 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

Mandela Day honoured

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Today is International Mandela Day and Madiba’s 95th Birthday! We have all been called to GIVE BACK on this day! The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” My sister, Marion, and I took [...]

Jul 07 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Shabby Chic for the garden

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I have been told that my home is Shabby chic! This is something I have not heard before – where have I been? There is a definition for it in Wikipedia! Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. We take pride in making almost all our [...]

Jul 04 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Growing up

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No matter what the weather – come winter or summer – rain or shine – seeds will grow!!! I still get excited when I see my seeds sprouting!! It has taken two weeks for them to go from seed to sprouts! The amazingness of nature!! So every two weeks I should be sowing seeds! Wow, I would have a harvest garden for all to envy! I still have to get to that [...]

Jun 25 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Rainy day blues

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I am staring out of my windows today, watching the rain pouring down. A peaceful and unhurried calm always comes over me when I watch the rain fall. It can be so gentle and nourishing, yet have a nasty streak by flooding and destroying! The world is experiencing devastating floods and I am on the otherside of the coin. I am very thankful. We have been having alot of rain this winter [...]

Jun 02 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Hail Storm antics

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We had an almighty cold front crossing over us the entire weekend. And the hail storm that exploded just a few hours ago was amazing! I haven’t experienced one like this before – not that I can remember! We have a zinc roof so the noise was deafening. I was so surprised to see the new chickens, Tara and Rocky, running around and picking up balls of hail! How funny is that!! [...]

May 23 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Autumn colours

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I was inspired today!! I looked out of my window this morning and the recent fresh rains brought out such beautiful Autumn colours! So I took my camera and explored the wet garden. I found the most interesting perspectives and saw my garden in a different light! Lots of colour that I thought I had lost…   Sweet yarrow flowers are a favourite of mine. The gorgeous Ice Cream bush – love [...]

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 [...]

Apr 29 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 6 comments

Barred Rock rocks the Hen House

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All I can say is that we have had some really sad days in the Hen House! Our sweet little Vanilla died very unexpectedly. She was always small and frail – we sometimes called her “Cardboard” because she was so lightweight! But she was the noisiest one of the lot!! Always ran out first and complained when lunch was not served on time!! We are going to miss you, little one! This [...]