Sunday, 26 March 2017

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Delightful and delicious herbs

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 annuals, shrubs and trees. A useful component to plant now in any garden or space you may have is a…

Longer lasting cut flowers in the home

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 are however a few tricks which can make your blooms stay perkier for longer with very little effort. First of…

The perfect balcony

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 create your very own mini garden and these tips can help you create one without getting lost along the way.…

Pomegranate cultivation

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 variety of fruit trees to grow here. Lack of rain in many areas over summer has meant that many trees…

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Growing autumn herbs and spices

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 the rain does fall in the Spanish autumn, the garden greens up like a second spring. Even the roses have…

Colours for the new season

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, warmer feel. Spanish decorators this season are going for aubergines and blacks combined with white or neutral colours with metallic…

Growing tomatoes

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 of items grown for the kitchen at home. I could call a tomato a vegetable and be legally correct, but…

Taking care of almond trees

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, dryness and wind all take their toll on the various susceptible plants over summer, so autumn is a good time…

Oleanders are ideal for a Mediterranean garden

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 dry with lower than average rain this year in much of Spain. The main challenge of Mediterranean gardening is this…

A fond farewell to EWN gardening readers

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 to make this my last in order to give more time to other activities in my later active years. I…

Painting colour with plants

COLOURING a garden is possibly best regarded as ‘painting with plants’ as there are so many colour and size combinations that fill the gardeners mind and pallet. The choices are immense so to try and simplify the decision making I wrote a chapter in our seminal book ‘Your garden in…

Time to think about and plan what to grow in the autumn

BY the month end late summer harvests will be bountiful and Spain’s ‘second spring’ just a month away. It’s time to decide what vegetables and herbs to plant for autumn, winter or spring consumption. New gardeners in Spain will be amazed by the possibilities for Christmas day: Broccoli/brussels sprouts: plant…
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