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Gardening in SpainGardening in Hot Mediterranean Climates – Italy, Southern France, Portugal etc.

Although this site is UK based, I know we have visitors from all over the world. Gardening in hot climates requires different approaches to the UK which is why we have these articles from Dick Handscombe.

Dick retired to Spain where he lives self-sufficiently from his garden and allotments. He’s written a number of books on growing in the Mediterranean climate.

Whilst these articles are written from a Spanish perspective, they are valuable to anyone gardening in a hot climate – Italy, Southern France, Portugal etc.

Living Self-sufficiently in Spain

Dick says about his life in Spain:

In our holistic garden and allotment we grow flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit and are largely self sufficient in our needs for a healthy Mediterranean diet.

Summer shade for siestas, sundowners, al fresco cooking eating and dining is provided by the shade of mature trees and a colourful naya-covered arched terrace. Sheltered sunny warm winter corners are created by wind breaking boundary plant clad walls and internal hedges.

To enable us to produce rich composts for enriching soils for garden beds, containers and the allotment plus invaluable home reared meat and eggs we keep a few chickens and rabbits.

As well as gardening, Dick is a great believer in a healthy lifestyle and gardens organically as well as being active in the slow food movement. Having had cancer, he is very aware of health issues.

These articles originally appeared in Dick’s blog and have been edited by John Harrison.

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