The following books are based on their combined 50 years of gardening in Spain both on the coastal plain and in colder inland valleys. These well illustrated books are designed to be useful to resident and absentee experienced or beginner gardeners owning houses or apartments in Spain or other Mediterranean climate situations.
Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterranean Style
The book explains how Dick and his wife Clodagh developed a colourful productive and therapeutic Mediterranean garden in order to live well in terms of mental and physical health, gastronomy and family economics. It is based on the authors 25 years of gardening experience and experiments in a once self sufficient Spanish valley that has in that time abandoned most of its’ agricultural heritage and permitted the building of several hundred legal and illegal houses.
The concepts and practices described will be of interest to those who seek to enjoy the opportunities and benefits of living in a Mediterranean climate to the full, whether their garden is around a villa or town house, a finca or country house or restricted to the terraces of an apartment or village house.
Published September 2011 ISBN 978 1484873632
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HOW TO USE LESS WATER IN YOUR GARDEN – A practical guide to waterwise Mediterranean style gardening worldwide.
This very practical book explains how to achieve better gardens by using less water and also how the collection storage and distribution of rain water can be significantly improved. Over 300 hundred basic and creative ideas are described. Designed with check lists so that you can easily mark those things that you already do and those you would like to consider doing in the future. Has been bought by gardeners in the Mediterranean climate countries – the UK ,Australia, the USA and Japan among others.
Published as an Amazon Kindle E-book and available from all Amazon sites worldwide. Published June 2014.
Apartment Gardening – Mediterranean Style – Terraces, balconies and windowsills
A comprehensive guide for apartment dwellers interested in having homely colourful and productive terraces, balconies and windowsills in. Designed in 12 parts. 216 pages in total and published in April 2010. Covers the design of terraces as extra living spaces and includes of how apartment plants can be best selected, planted and cared for. Includes a specially selected list of plants with plant descriptions that include the botanical English and Spanish names – we do live in Spain – , a useful A to Z of the types of containers that are now available plus practical guides to composts, watering, feeding, preventing and dealing with pests and diseases etc.. Special chapters cover the growing of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables in small spaces.
Published by Santana Books in April 2010. ISBN 978-84-89954-86-1
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Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance
‘Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance’ ISBN 978-84-89954-670. A comprehensive practical guide to creating a garden that is colourful, interesting and productive and in tune with the owners new Spanish lifestyle and budget.
Based on earlier highly successful Your Garden in Spain book. Numerous useful photographs and descriptions of 400 plants most likely to thrive in typical Spanish locations on the mainland and islands, regional climates and soils.
Published by Santana Books in May 2007 .
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Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain – From sprouting seeds to giant pumpkin
‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain – From sprouting seeds to giant pumpkins’. ISBN 978-84-89954-53-3. Includes ideas for growing vegetables on a mini scale of less than one square metre as well as in raised beds and on larger vegetable plots. Natural,ecological and organic approaches are described throughout. Published by Santana Books in December 2006.
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Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain – from strawberries to oranges and water melons
‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain – from strawberries to oranges and water melons’, ISBN 978-84-89954-62-5. Includes ideas for growing fruit on a mini scale of less than one square metre as well as in larger raised beds,mixed gardens and orchards. A natural, ecological and organic approach is described throughout. Published by Santana Books in February 2007.
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Practical Gardening on the Costa – Your personal guide
‘Practical Gardening on the Costa – Your personal guide’. ISBN 84-607-2827-7. Published by Costa Blanca News S.L.in 2001. No longer in print but second hand copies will be found on Amazon etc.
Obtaining our Spanish and Mediterranean gardening books
The books are available from major high street bookshops and from internet mail order sites including Amazon Books, Santana Books and The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop.
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