Dick Handscombe

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…
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…
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,…
GARDENING can be a lifetime of learning if you regard it as one of your prime hobbies and moving to live and garden in Spain opens up new challenges, positive…
KEEPING plants alive consists of four things: a. Keep roots of plants constantly damp. Whether watering with a drip irrigation system, hose or watering can this can be difficult to…
WITH the weather warming up some readers have indicated that they are experiencing problems with trees and large shrubs that were planted in pots or tubs a few years ago…
AT the time of publication it will be still only be July 7 but some readers will have already experienced over 40 degrees Fahrenheit and with no rain yet forecast.…
THIS week’s column is written especially for the many property owners arriving for a summer in Spain if their penthouse, apartment terrace or villa terraces look bare and uninteresting. We…
A CHANGE of gardeners often results in a lack of continuity in the development and maintenance of a carefully nurtured garden. To avoid this try to ensure the outgoing and…
I, like an increasing number of expatriate gardeners in Spain, prefer to not use potent chemical weedkillers but at the same time want to avoid the backbreaking task of continually…
This week’s article is triggered by being asked to look at several disastrous one to three year plantings of oranges, mandarins, lemons and limes. The fundamental problem was that the…
Well we have experienced yet another non-traditional May in terms of rainfall. Traditionally the month opens with heavy thunderstorms that soaked the ground to enable planting holes for late flowering…
WAY before having our own property in Spain parts of many summers were spent in friends’ properties in La Carihuela and Montemar south of Torremolinos going back to before the…
Patios are an ancient tradition Patio gardens are not something invented by the Chelsea Flower Show but are a style of garden existing in southern Europe since the Iberians and…
DAILY readers of newspapers and magazines are bombarded by persuasive advertisements and articles pushing us towards buying and eating unnatural manufactured vitamin tablets to supplement vitamin deficient diets. But stop…
SO far the early winter weather has been ideal, except for a couple of chilly hours some mornings, for not only progressing speedily with the annual winter cutback, but also…
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