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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 [...]

Nov 29 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 3 comments

Grow bag with style

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Thank you so much, Chris, for this lovely new addition to my gardening arsenal, which you brought back for me from Munich. This very attractive grow bag is from EMSA – Germany and is versatile and stylish for indoor and outdoor use. It is waterproof too and with a big feel-good factor they have already taking continental Europe by storm. EMSA call these wonderful products – Soft Bags. Plants also need sufficient drainage to [...]

Feb 29 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 36 comments

Lets talk about Mulch

Rooibos and Bark Mulch - Both are beautiful

Today I tried a product that completely blew me away. I am thrilled to have found Rooibos Mulch by Carmién Tea (based in Citrusdal in the Western Cape) and I want to tell you a bit about it. A few weeks ago I saw Rooibos Mulch for sale at a nursery and saw someone walking out with a few bags. I was curious. I stopped the friendly gardener and asked her about it [...]

Dec 05 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 11 comments

The Gardening Journal in the News

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It has been such a fun year getting our project  - The Gardening Journal  - from an idea to a published book! The layout and the designing! The printing and its own great website! It has been just as fun using it while planning our gardens month-by-month – watching what grows! Up until now, The Gardening Journal has been really only given to friends and family to use and recommend. Then we [...]

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 18 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 6 comments

Pretty gum boots

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Oh Chris! Look what I found!!! I was at Pick ‘n Pay at TygerValley this week and I found these gorgeous gumboots in the clothing section!! I just fell in love with these – I LOVE Barbie Dolls, so it was a perfect match for me! I want to buy you a pair – they also had Hello Kitty and Tweety Bird! I always use my gum boots and the black ones [...]

Jun 02 2011 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Fertiliser, Gardening, Products, | 35 comments

Composting confessions and a solution

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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 Barbie's garden, Design, Miscellaneous, Products | 18 comments

Mulch mania!

Apricot floor

Wow – Chris! I am so impressed with your garden and how the apricot kernel mulch can instantly brighten the garden and neaten up corners and small patches! I was just as enthusiastic as you in getting it into my garden yesterday! I thought I would have to work all afternoon to add 20 bags to the edging around the veggie patch!! I am so thrilled with the result and the hardest [...]

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 [...]

May 11 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 5 comments

Groovey gardening gloves

Groovey gardening gloves

I like nicely manicured hands, who doesn’t? As a kid, I can remember getting into trouble for a lot of things relating to “hand grooming or un-grooming” practices. As a tot the incessant thumb-sucking drove my parents nuts, later on biting my nails caused plenty of reprimands and finally in my teens, unkempt hands would cause my Dad to raise his eyebrows in a way that I knew it would be much [...]