Hiking in Kloofendal Nature Reserve

On the weekend we decided to go try out a new hiking trail.  Kloofendal Nature Reserve is a wonderful reserve filled with hiking trails for any level of fitness.  The best part about it, is that its completely free and a great place for an after hike picnic or BBQ.  We did the rocky ridge trail that was completely true to its name.  It was covered in beautiful rocks that just kept getting better.  It was a really hot, but beautiful day that was filled with giggles the entire day.

The Nature reserve also has a planet walk and a bird hide.  This is a must see reserve.

DSC02166 DSC02211 DSC02207 DSC02199 DSC02190 DSC02165 DSC02205 DSC02204 DSC02200 DSC02198 DSC02197 DSC02185 DSC02186 DSC02188 DSC02191 DSC02182 DSC02179 DSC02178 DSC02175 DSC02168


The best way to end a weekend is with a snow cone.


Happy Monday everyone.



Gardening Tips For Beginners

Growing your own vegetable garden is something anyone can do with the right tips and research.  You can grow a vegetable garden with a small space or a large space.  Its something you can grow in containers, gutters, raised beds or straight in the ground.

DSC02041 DSC02040 DSC02038 DSC02037 DSC02036 DSC02035 DSC02030 DSC02018 DSC02023 DSC02025 DSC02028 DSC02015 DSC02010 DSC02009 DSC01835 DSC01834 DSC01746 DSC01905

Here are some of my tips for beginners:


  1. Start with good soil : Raised beds are an effect way to grow vegetables.  I did mine the affordable way by laying out bricks, digging up the soil that was in that area and mixing it with a good compost, you want good drainage for a successful garden.
  2. Affordable support for vegetables: When my tomato plants started growing I went and bought bamboo reeds, they are an affordable way of supporting vegetable plants and they are pleasing to the eye.  You just stick it into the ground close to the tomato plant and gently tie the plant to the stick.  For my runner beans, I planted them close to a wall, nailed four nails into the wall and hung up two strings so they can run up and I can place them where ever I want.
  3. Save your banana peels: an easy way to get nutrients in your soil, is to bury small strips of banana peels next to your vegetables.  This really made my vegetables go from okay to wow!
  4. Save those coffee grounds! coffee grounds make a great fertilizer and also stops those pesky snails from destroying your garden.  Add the grounds directly to your soil.
  5. Super Gro / Miracle Gro: This natural product is great for growth and will do wonders for your container garden. Super Gro is meant to improve the quality and quantity of water as required by these crops and plants for wonderful growth and production by adding the essential nutrients they require for that purpose.
  6. Start a hanging or gutter garden: If you’re lacking space, one of these gardens will work great for you.
  7. Keeping birds out of your garden: If you’re having a problem with birds in your garden, placing string around your vegetables will do wonders.  Also hanging reflectors around will also help.

Those are just a few of my tips.  I hope it will helps some beginners out there.  Happy gardening.

P.S  I’ve got some serious bed head hair going on.  I woke up in the mood to harvest some vegetables.