Miscellaneous

Aug 27 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 3

Barbies Garden Intro Web

Organise your garden seed collection with an easy-to-do tip! This seed bank will keep things neat and tidy. If you have a tip to share – let me know! Maybe yours will be selected and I will do a “One Minute Tip” on it! Happy Gardening xxxx  

Aug 21 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 2

Barbies Garden Intro Web

The month of August is potato planting month here in the Western Cape. I buy my potato seeds from Living Seeds (www.livingseeds.co.za) and they offer effortless planting instructions – there are two options: The Direct Method: Simply take your planting potato seeds and plant them directly into your prepared beds. The sprouting will be uneven so you will have plants maturing at different times. The Chitting Process: Lay your potatoes in egg [...]

Aug 13 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Recipes, | 10 comments

Garden on a plate

03 Salad Days 07

Wow – that was some storm we experienced over the weekend. I was so worried that the hail storm was going to ruin my veggie patch and when it rained cats and dogs, it was going to wash everything away! Glad to report that there are only small pools of water and the garden has survived. So much so, that I could pick an amazing lunch salad from the greens all around [...]

Aug 03 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, Reviews, | 4 comments

Biodiversity showcase garden

08 Biodiversity Garden 09

Cape Town is internationally known as a biodiversity hotspot with many species occurring nowhere else in the world. The Biodiversity Garden in Green Point, Cape Town was built around the World Cup Stadium in time for the Soccer World Cup (2010). I took my sister (the one visiting from Australia) to this Showcase Garden last week where we learnt about all the elements making up biodiversity through a series of themed gardens. Instead of [...]

Jul 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 19 comments

Wander about the neighbourhood

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The weather was so beautiful on Monday that my hubby and I took a meander about the neighbourhood. We live in a quaint village that is surrounded by wheat, canola, cows, sheep and even pigs! I love this time of year, when the fields are green and the canola is bright yellow – hey, wait! It’s not spring yet! The canola is early! Oh well, looks like the patterns are changing and [...]

Jul 21 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 17 comments

Edible flowers in my garden

05 GBBD July 26

I came across an article on edible flowers some time ago and while I was thinking of something to blog about, I remembered this and I was quite surprised that I have quite a few of them that grow in my garden (some from Spring to Summer). Of the 35 or so flowers mentioned, I have 21 of them!! These blossoms are used in teas or salads. The borage flower has a [...]

Jul 09 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Gardening in July

01 Gardening in July 04

These wet and rainy winter days are enjoyed by some and not by others. I, on the one hand, like the cool and the wet because our summers are intense and the hard clay ground is unworkable. The winter ground is soft and yielding and I can now spend time digging beds and preparing them for the new season, plan the design of new paths, and any new constructions can be actioned! [...]

Jul 07 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 8 comments

Bugs ‘n Boids

01 Gardening in July 06

Had a bit of fun in the garden after it rained so hard. The poor birds looked like wet rags hanging on the bare fig tree. They are so part of my garden that you might as well call me the dove lady! Every morning the massive exodus of birds from my deck when I open the back door is a sight to behold. They all seem to sleep all over the [...]

Jul 06 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 20 comments

Meadow in colour

03 Meadow in July 09

Hi Chris – the meadow patch is blooming!! There are delicate flowers every where and more to come….. I know there are weeds in between the flowers, but thats a meadow, right? I know there are alyssums, nasturtiums, cosmos but no real flowers yet, there are phlox and marigolds and others I need help with. Take a look at how nice it looks now! It needs some sort of styling, but at [...]

Jun 29 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

Fleeing Fugitives

BARBI BOIDS 04a

This week started off with a hint of “Police File” investigations. Familiar sounds – usually heard in prison, I mean cages! – emanating from the tree tops surrounding our house. Well, what do you know!?? Two fleeing fugitives caught in my camera sights…. Barney Blue and Yam Yam Yellow! Don’t know where they escaped from, but are now having either long soliloquy cheep-chats with bored pigeons or flitting at high speed from [...]