Project Type: In the Garden

Soil Improvement

Soil Improvement

Soil improvement, soil adjustment, soil amendment... you can call it many things Soil improvement is done by adding organic material to soil to improve the physical properties of soil. You can adjust your soil to improve its ability for water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration and structure etc. Coco peat, compost, shredded hay or corn husk, … Continue reading Soil Improvement

Composting; How to make your own compost

Composting; How to make your own compost

As a gardener, I have found composting to be the easiest and cheapest way to boost my soil nutrients. I decided from the time I started gardening not to use synthetic fertilizers but to focus solely on organic fertilizers and as much as possible DIY ones too. I use mostly manure and compost in the … Continue reading Composting; How to make your own compost

Let’s plant some seeds.

Let’s plant some seeds.

The kind of day I had in the garden called for slices of Lime Loaf cake and LimeAde. I had my 9yr old son as my handy garden helper. Even if he helped more with eating cake. I've bought a ton of seeds this year. A lot more than I have in previous years. I … Continue reading Let’s plant some seeds.

Water day for my backyard plants

Water day for my backyard plants

As a plant mum to a ton of plants, I often joke that I'm like "the old woman who lived in a shoe" with so many children who have different special needs. Knowing what to do to cater to their individual needs comes from a mix of patience, research and experience. Most literature available online … Continue reading Water day for my backyard plants

A Nigerian Garden by Muriel Barnett

A Nigerian Garden by Muriel Barnett

Muriel Barnett (d. 2001) was the wife of DE Barnett (1917 - 1992), who worked as an auditor in Nigeria on behalf of the British Colonial Service. (He appears to have been in rotation between East Africa and Nigeria at around the same time, plus a stint in Palestine, but the year 1948 is recorded … Continue reading A Nigerian Garden by Muriel Barnett

My Backyard Garden

My Backyard Garden

My best moments here are when I'm alone with a good book, a bottle of wine and a slice of cake. I also love spending time with my family here. My garden is a personal sanctuary. Gardening is an activity I find more calming and soothing than cooking. I like to think I got my … Continue reading My Backyard Garden