Gardening Opportunities

By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe, practical gardeners and authors living in Spain for twenty five years.
You can visit them at www.gardenspain.com

Farewell Friends and Some Last Ideas For Your Gardens

August 26th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe Dear Readers and all the Murcia gardeners that I have met at various talks, this will be last contribution to the fantastic Costa Cálida Chronicle magazine; for very good reasons.’Dick enjoying a retirement nature walk above his house’ […]

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Coping With Strong Winds

July 30th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick HandscombeMany expat gardeners in Spain have gardens in exposed positions and have to cope with regular or occasional strong gusty winds that dry out the open garden soil and flower pots, roll pots over and cause damage to plants, even uprooting or snapping them off. […]

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Ancient Trees Add Character To Gardens

June 24th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe Especially in country areas, ancient olives, holm oaks, carob and fig trees with thick gnarled trunks and thick spreading branches are an eye-catching feature of many Spanish gardens and for lucky gardeners, some have grown in the same place for a millennium of more. […]

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22 Uses for Plastic Water Bottles

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe When we first came to Spain almost 30 years ago it was novel to see a pile of empty plastic water bottles soon building up and the modern way of separating different types of house waste for recycling was not yet wide spread. […]

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How To Be A Successful Absentee Gardener

April 27th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick HandscombeOwning a villa or town house in Spain continues to be a lifetime dream and reality for thousands of persons from northern Europe. […]

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Spanish Summer Colour And Perfume

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick HandscombeBefore long gardens will start to look their best with sheets of vivid colour and welcome perfumed sun and shade. […]

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Herbs for the garden or allotment – A baker’s dozen for starters

February 25th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe Since I first had a personal garden 74 years ago at the age of five, herbs of one sort or another always featured. From memory the first were almost non-destructible horseradish, chives and dandelions; the latter to add to wartime salads and to feed my pet rabbit. […]

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Allotments in Spain

January 27th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe who has been growing his own ecological vegetables in Spain for the past twenty years; for most of those years on borrowed land. Unfortunately the English-style allotment rented from an allotment association or Town Hall is not a well-established tradition in Spain, although a few farsighted villages and towns are starting to set them up. […]

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Developing a Great Spanish Garden With Minimum Watering Needs

December 27th, 2015|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe practical holistic gardener and author living in Spain for 25 years. How does your garden stack up?Apart from the swimming pool terrace, how much use did you make of your garden last year? […]

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