First frosts and snow impacts
Few areas of Spain have not experienced rain frosts hail and snow in recent weeks. In general vegetable plantings are not affected and one can make further over wintering vegetable sowings and plantings during the m0nth. Annuals tender shrubs and perennials are now dying back but roses are hanging in and good Christmas displays are still possible.
December Mediterranean vegetable plantings.
There is still time in many areas along the Mediterranean coastline and in nearby inland valleys. Try some final onion lettuce and brocolli plantlets, and broad bean pea and sweet pea seeds for spring flowers.
Spanish and Mediterranean gardening books for Christmas
Spanish and Mediterranean lifestyle books for Christmas stocking fillers
During the past year four smaller inexpensive books have been launched via Amazon Books.
The titles are Living well from our garden – Mediterranean styele, Having a great retirement, Making Waterless Gardens and Authentic Valencian Paellas
Spanish adventure book about a 52 day journey that stimulated our self-sufficiency
After many delays due to other priorities a book about a walk we did from the Bay of Biscay along the entire Pyrenean mountain range, which creates the border lands separating Spain from France, has been published this week. The journey took us through uninhabited wilderness lands and almost deserted villages where the survivors lived well from home grown vegetables, fruits and meat, many of which were ecologically grown. With agriculture being fast abandoned in our home valley near the Costa Blanca we started, as soon as we arrived home, to expand what we had been growing. These initiatives led to the books listed above but recently the exciting walk has been written up and published as ‘Adventure along the Spanish Pyrenees‘ in both hard copy and E-book formats on Amazon Books internet book shop.
Accessing all the books
For convenience do an author search for Dick Handscombe on the Amazon Books site as this should bring up descriptions of most , if not all, of the books in one go. If you are interested in autographed books for special presents contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to check what we can arrange.
Gardeners contributions to Christmas.
Hopefully many of our readers have developed colourful and productive gardens for the holiday season. We have a fine turkey, chicken and quail eggs, rabbits partridges and pigeons, fruit and herbal liquors, a good selection of vegetables, citrus fruits and nuts, frozen strawberries plus red and black currants and the raisins and sultanas for the Christmas cake and pudding were dried from home grown grapes. If you have not consider whether you could in 2014.
Happy Year End Festivities to all
Gardeners deserve a year end break before starting the winter cutback in January. So do enjoy Christmas, the New Year and the Thee Kings festivities to set you up, without too much extra weight, for winter gardening endeavors.
(c) Dick Handscombe December 2013.