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Gardening in Andalucía PDF
Sunday, 20 March 2011 00:00

After a gap of a few years I have a garden again. Having had one in the UK for all my adult life, it was a source of some regret that for the first few years of living here in Andalucía I've been garden-less, only having the house I stood up in, so to speak.  We moved recently, however, and that has all changed!

Just over a month ago we moved to a finca in the campo and not only do I have I lawns to mow, beds to weed, and trees and bushes to prune, I have a huge field measuring 61 áreas and 22 centiáreas to decide what to do with! 

In the field, which is 7,346.40 square metres in real money, I intend to create a small huerta to grow my own fruit and vegetables: courgettes, French beans, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, which I used to grow successfully in Cheshire and North Wales; but also avocadoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and squashes, as well as my own fresh herbs.

That will leave around 7.300 square metres unused! So what are we going to do with this huge space?

Well, in the past a Spanish neighbour has used it for grazing his horses, which we may allow to continue in the short term, although I’ve been approached by another neighbour who wants to plant a crop of broad beans, and I like broad beans more than I like horses. I’m also worried the horses might eat my veg!

We might contact one of the two local Ronda vineyards to see if they want to plant vines there in exchange for several cases of wine each year!

Or maybe we could erect some yurts and create an alternative holiday campsite, or build an urbanización and make a mint!

Only joking!

© Paul Whitelock

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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