Gardening Opportunities

By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe, practical gardeners and authors living in Spain for twenty five years.
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Purposeful Patio Gardens

January 26th, 2015|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe, practical gardener and author living in Spain for 25 years. Patio Gardens have been popular in Spain for over a thousand years and continue to be so to this day. Many expatriates incorporate the concept and best of their features into the inner courtyards of town houses, the back yard of village houses, the back terraces of terraced houses or use the concept for a series of several mini gardens within their overall garden design and roof top terraces. […]

Guidelines For An Effective Winter Clean Up

December 26th, 2014|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe,holistic gardener living in Spain for over 25 years January is the best month for a thorough winter cutback and cleanup in most gardens along the Costas and in coastal inland valleys. Above 300 metres, some tasks are best left until after the snowy and frosty weather is past. […]

Late Autumn Gardening Challenges

November 26th, 2014|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe, holistic gardener and author living in Spain for over 25 years. 2014 autumn has been a mixed blessing for gardeners. Up in Valencia Province we are still waiting for a decent rainfall, while from what I read this afternoon in the November edition of Costa Cálida Chronicle, the Mazarrón area has had more than enough rain, especially on the Camposol urbanisation. […]

Start To Prepare The Garden For Christmas

October 25th, 2014|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe One of the joys of having a property in Spain is the pleasure of experiencing a colourful garden at Christmas; a garden that motivates you to sit out and enjoy the winter sun and perhaps also to work on the garden in conditions that are often more like spring than the middle of winter, even if you need to wear a light jumper. There are five main things to be done, starting now, to ensure that you achieve this. […]

Autumn Gardens

September 28th, 2014|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe, holistic gardener and author living in Spain for over 25 years. Phew! At the time of writing in mid-September we have still had no serious rain; just a couple of few minute showers that just wet the surface of an enamelled paella pan. […]

Evaluate Your Garden Before Planting Anything New

August 28th, 2014|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe, holistic gardener and author living in Spain for over 25 years This summer has been unique in that if a storm or gota fria did not arrive during the last weeks of August we are entering September with no, or well below normal, rainfalls for a year, not knowing whether the record drought will break in September, October or even November – which did happen about twelve years ago when we had three weeks of rain in November. […]