May 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Gardening Courses, Products | 5 comments

Back to School

My Garden

Back to School – we sign up for Gardening Courses: Both Barbie and I are very excited – we have been offered an opportunity to do distance learning gardening courses via MyGardenSchool is a unique online horticultural classroom offering various gardening courses taught by some of the world’s most acclaimed authors. “MyGardenSchool provides you with your very own online horticultural classroom to help you create your dream garden.  Whether you want […]

Apr 23 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, | 9 comments

Bulb planting weekend – Part I

All my "stuff"

I’ve mentioned before that I want to have a spring garden filled with gorgeous blooms that smell heavenly and the last two months whilst visiting the blogs of our new gardening friends in the Northern Hemisphere, their wonderful gardens filled with daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, crocus, narcissus and irises have had me waiting patiently for the Easter Weekend to sink my bulbs into the ground. New to gardening, bulb planting is something I’ve […]

Apr 22 2011 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, | 6 comments

A Solar Mole Repeller – Did they see me coming?

Mole repeller in situ

I have a problem with Moles! They burrow up my garden in search of earthworms and grubs (the former of which I have plenty, the latter, hopefully a few less). I’m fed up with their relentless pursuit of my earthworms and the never ending mounds of soil they kick up in search of them. I’ve tried organic control with some pungent smelling garlic liquid formulation you are supposed to pour down the […]

Apr 16 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 8 comments

Non-plant garden things and some non-garden plant things

Non plant Bird Bath

Hi Barbie – your post about Non-plant Garden Things you did last week motivated me look around the garden and see what photo-worthy “Non-Plant garden things” I have. I have a few but I don’t have as many as I would really like. Right now I’m dreaming of a statue for my deep-shade garden, maybe a fair maiden carrying a water jug, surrounded by some lovely ferns and moss, a few lillies […]

Apr 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 10 comments

The new Gardening Journal

The Garden Journal 2

We have to show you all our new addition to the Gardening Blog. Because we are still new to this gardening phenomena, we really needed somewhere to write all the stuff we had to remember and all the chores we need to do.  All the bits of paper we scribble on wasn’t practical because now you need a folder of sorts. So that doesn’t really work – you need something portable and […]

Mar 24 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, | 11 comments

Things I need …

Wellington Boots for me

With the weather changing here in the Western Cape and becoming decidedly “wet”, I realise that my current gardening shoes are totally inappropriate. I wear leather ballet pumps 99% of the time because they are so comfortable and I now have two pairs that have been demoted to “gardening shoe” status because they’re so well worn. And in summer that’s just great. However, as I trudged through the wet garden yesterday and […]

Mar 16 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products | 6 comments

Worm Farming

I have always wanted to start a worm farm – ever since I saw the first worm farm bins at the Organics Expo 2 years ago. I do, however, find that R800+ is a bit steep for the initial set up. I have a good friend of mine (actually one of my authors) that started up a worm farm business called Worm Wisdom. Worm farming as a hobby will not only produce excellent […]

Mar 15 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 8 comments

What is Organic Gardening?


Through my research I found out that for hundreds of years we have grown plants without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Today there is a growing concern for the environment and how important it is to us and the dangers of the pollution to air, water and animal life and food crops and its degradation, by the world-wide use of chemical products. We have not paid attention to the harm […]

Mar 06 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 1 comment

The Magic Seeder

Magic Seeder

Hi my friend. I had the chance to test the Magic Seeder you bought for me – and what a GREAT product! You know how I find the whole process of sowing the seeds and then having to separate the seedlings quite difficult ….. when they are so delicate. I also tend to put too many seeds down and when they grow, the mass of seedlings are too compact, reason for the […]

Feb 24 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 9 comments

What was in the box?

The new veggie planter

I didn’t make it to the nursery today – too many things going on at work – but we did manage to unpack the box and set up the new veggie planter. So what was in the box? the wooden box 4 plastic ‘baskets’ with drainage holes (for planting) 3 irrigation stems irrigation pipe irrigation timer some hose fittings batteries some very basic (read: stupid) instructions I had someone help me unpack […]