Archive : garden

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 [...]

Nov 01 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, Perenniels,

Food Garden

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If I had to add up all the time spent in my garden, the vegetable patch would win, hands down!! It takes so much time and love – in all kinds of weather! But the rewards are, for me, so worth it! The incredible bounty I collect makes my heart glow! It brings the best knowledge and experience every new season and the veggies are getting better and sweeter!! Even my family [...]

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? [...]

Aug 14 2015 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, | 2 comments

What’s Hot and What’s Not

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At every turn, you can find a gem of a flower or you can hit a gremlin!! Today was my day! I stuck my head out on this cold day and to my surprise found lots to photograph! So my post today was suitably named “What’s Hot and What’s Not!” Let me show you what I found ….. WHAT’S HOT: Lemon season!! Love them for salad dressing and for Lemon Cordial! WHAT’S [...]

Dec 02 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

November gifts from my Garden

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I am so glad to be in the dirt again! So much has happened these past months and to be back in the garden to see what gifts it brings makes my heart so glad!! My favourite is the summer tomatoes!! Nothing tastes like a sun-ripened red garden tomato!! My salads are jumping for joy! I am harvesting the most delicious varieties of lettuce and to add to this, great summer sweet [...]

Sep 18 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 9 comments

Garden revival

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You know that feeling when you go away on a holiday and come back to your home – it feels like you are a stranger! It takes awhile to become familiar again with your garden. That’s how I felt! I felt as if I had been away or hibernating – I had to spend at least a day just greeting everything that was actively growing or peeping out of the soil. So [...]

Feb 18 2014 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 12 comments

Sunflowers from sunny Cape Town

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Hi all gardening friends!! My year started off very busy work wise and the summer has kept me more outdoors than in! We are experiencing a heat wave in Cape Town these past few days so 32 to 38 degrees is the average!! Whew!! Hot in Philly!! I have to show you my beautiful Sunflowers that were all over my garden this summer. They are now going to seed, but were spectacular [...]

Oct 25 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

October clean up

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It is always a good idea to have a family visit to motivate you to get the garden looking great! This got me energized and I have enjoyed the manual labour! Got all the muscle groups working! I ordered bags and bags of compost and bark for mulch and got my act together! It might not look like much from the photos but the whole garden was tackled! I also have some [...]

Oct 13 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Garden Clutter

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Ok – so now I am back in my garden and all I see is clutter and mishmash and an overgrown, totally out-of-control garden. Well, that is not so bad because I don’t particularly like too much order in my garden! They say that weeds are plants that haven’t learnt to grow in rows! But a happy companion growth is good!! All I decided to do today was record the, aah-hem! mess! [...]

Sep 05 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 18 comments

Back in my Garden

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Well I guess you all thought that I left the country!! Well, I did! I travelled to Germany on business and also to visit family. During this time, my hubby stayed home and said that the weather was cold, wet, very wet and miserable!! I had a fabulous trip and took lots of photos, so I will have to do a special post on my trip. My garden looks forlorn and totally [...]