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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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Cyclamen

January 27th, 2016|Categories: Flowers of the month|

The plant of the month is the Cyclamen, a winter plant that is very pretty with many different colours. It is an ideal plant to give as a present, especially for St Valentine’s Day as it takes very little care and will continue flowering for many weeks. […]

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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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Vetiver – A great new plant discovery

November 29th, 2015|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe I am just back from an interesting lecture tour giving talks the Costa Blanca Gardening Circle, the Amanzora Valley Gardening Club and the Axarquia Gardening Club in just one week. […]

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Pansies

October 27th, 2015|Categories: Flowers of the month|

The Pansy is a typical winter season plant, although it does not grow as big as the petunia and therefore should be planted more closely spaced. Their bright colours and different combinations give us joy to our flower beds. […]

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How Well Did Your Garden Survive Last Summer?

October 27th, 2015|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

By Dick Handscombe For most of us living and gardening in Spain, last summer was hot and dry and most gardens did not see rain for many months. Oh for the monthly thunderstorm that one could often rely on in the early 90’s! They used to be the salvation for many absentee gardeners. How did your garden survive? Were you able to enjoy it to the full? What changes might you consider during the next six months to improve next summer’s garden? […]

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The Next Steps In Laying Out A New Garden

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe In last month's gardening article a long list of Mini-Garden features that can be fitted into gardens of all sizes were presented. This month the next steps are [...]

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Tecoma Stans or Yellow Trumpetbush

September 25th, 2015|Categories: Flowers of the month|

This is a fantastic ornamental bush or tree. It has sharply toothed, lance-shaped green leaves and bears large, showy, bright golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. It is drought-tolerant and grows well in [...]

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