Homes and Gardens

WITH the average person spending 92 days (over their lifetime) in the bathroom, it’s a room that gets a lot of use in our homes. It’s also a room that…
IF you love having a garden but have little free time to tend a conventional garden there is a solution. A garden that, if you forget to water at times,…
SUMMER is here early in Spain and with it comes the desire to spend those long evenings out in the garden enjoying the first cool moments of the day. With…
THE wet, wet weather this winter is enough to keep even the most enthusiastic gardener out of the garden. Waterlogged soil is best not walked on if it is for…
Bonsai is an ancient art and craft of creating a landscape in miniature in a shallow pot or container. The tradition of bonsai includes careful placement of stones, mosses, lichens,…
THE basis of good gardening is at the root of all plants, the soil or growing media. Much of the success of gardening is working with the soil to enrich…
THE gardens are greening up all over Spain as the milder temperatures and rain allow recovery after the relentless summer heat. It’s the perfect time to start planting out winter…
A VASE of fresh flowers gives a refreshing lift to any home but they don’t tend to last as long as we would like without a little extra help. There…
SPAIN provides hundreds of examples of the fact that a lack of space is no excuse not to have a lovely garden. A balcony can be the perfect place to…
THE fruits of the trees of the Mediterranean garden are bountiful at this time of year. If you have some land to grow trees and vines there is a rich…
AUTUMN changes our routines as summer celebration, holidays and hot days pass and cooler weather approaches. It’s more pleasant to work in the garden at this time of year. When…
AUTUMN is coming, bringing with it a new season of ‘in fashion’ colours for the home which have left behind serene blues and quartz pinks and take on a darker,…
IF you have grown a few vegetables in your garden or in pots on your terrace or balcony, you have probably grown tomatoes. They are by far the most popular…
THE days are starting to get noticeably shorter, which is a good reminder that we need to plan through autumn for the coming winter months in the garden. The heat,…
IF you are in an area that has had good rain you are fortunate. The gardens in most areas are desperately waiting for post summer rains. It has been so…
Nearing my 80th birthday and having written almost 2000 gardening articles for various publications in Spain and the UK, some three hundred for the Euro Weekly News, I have decided…
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