365 days in the garden: my year-long challenge

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I am so very excited to announce that from now on, you can expect to see regular gardening posts here on Homeology! I have partnered with Efekto and Wonder, and will be using their wonderful products and expertise to take you on a gardening journey with me. I have committed to challenge myself and work my way through my own garden over the next 12 months: to get my kitchen garden going, to have beautiful seasonal flowers, to naturally control pests and to otherwise create a beautiful outdoor space for my family.

Let me first start by saying that I am not an experienced gardener, so this garden diary is going to be quite the adventure! As you may know, I live on a farm, just around the corner from the magnificent Babylonstoren, so thankfully I have a great example of how to do it.

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My current veggie garden on the other hand, is a prime example of how NOT to do it. In my defense, I had a baby during the summer planting season and then the winter garden was destroyed by a heard of large and hungry cows. It really is quite amazing to watch cows rip out, chomp up and otherwise flatten months of hard work in less than a minute. But lesson learnt – I’ll need to make sure that I secure the garden in some way.

We do have lots of other things on the farm that are also interested in delicious veggies, ripe fruit and pretty flowers: goats (they seriously can get in anywhere and have no mercy or respect), squirrels that just LOVE that our garden is right underneath their oaks, there are moles, rats, snakes, mice… so I’m going to have my hands full!

On the plus side, we also have a large flock of guinea fowl and a good amount of geese and ducks that are GREAT for keeping critters at bay. So as long as I can get my eco-systems right, everything should be fine!

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While the veggie garden is going to take priority initially, I will also look at seasonal planting and general gardening tasks and challenges. Of which I have many, so it’s going to be great learning experience!

Efekto sent me a huge amount of goodies to play with and I look forward to seeing what they can do. I am armed to the neck with seeds, tools, fertilizers, bio-pest control products and gorgeous pink gardening gloves. Their motto is Beautiful, Bountiful and Balanced Gardens – I can’t wait to get started!

The first garden post will go live next week – I look forward to having you join me on my garden journey!

Happy Gardening!


Have a look at Efekto and Wonder‘s Facebook pages for more information on their products and for future posts.


Comments · 3

  1. Ons sien uit daarna hoe jou groetne en blomme tuin gaan groei…. ek hou van die swembad drankie , kan selfs vir kerse gebruik word as mens ‘n funksie het… lekker tuinmaak. m

  2. I am a novice at gardening. Have a huge vegetable garden as we live on agricultural holdings, but it’s been hit and miss. So would love to join you on your journey.

    1. Thanks Diane!! Let me know what you’re struggling with and I’ll see if I can find a way to sort it out! G

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