Hi, my name is Liz Canham and I was a keen gardener for years when I lived in the UK with a nice compact, flat garden. Now I live in Spain and our garden is on a forty-five degree angle, more suited to mountain goats than humans! Nonetheless, I still enjoy my gardening and sharing what I learn with other gardeners.

The resources on this site are designed to improve your garden and gardening techniques with tips and products to help you.

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I’m just going to start this post with a few Gardening in Spain tips and add to them as I think of more useful stuff.  If you want to be updated, subscribe to our feeds from the right hand side column.

  • Use available natural material to build your flower beds.  Local rock and stone will look much nicer than brick or other fabricated material.
  • If your garden is on a mountainside, don’t make a path which goes straight from top to bottom.  A winding path will be easier to build and easier to negotiate.  If you don’t want bare concrete but are on a budget, cement the odd flat stepping stone in place and fill the gaps with gravel – it’s much cheaper than paving.
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Soil is a composed of weather-beaten rock, minerals, decomposed vegetable matter and other organic components. Obviously, the formation of soil takes many years but it can be damaged by neglect or wrong treatment in the space of a single season so here are some ways to improve soil.

Soil provides nutrients to plants through their roots which the plant uses to grow more roots, leaves and fruits or flowers.

If you’re a gardener, you will know that you need to do your bit by replacing what your plants take out of the soil; you can’t just leave it year after year and do nothing.

Healthy soil contains a mixture of water, air, organic matter and minerals so it’s quite easy for gardeners to find ways to improve soil and protect its balance.… Continue reading

If you have trees in your garden don’t sweep them up and throw them away, follow these tips on how to mulch and compost leaves.

First of all, I’ll explain the difference between mulch and compost, which although they seem much the same actually have completely different functions.

The main use for a mulch is to prevent weeds from growing, so don’t confuse mulch with compost as compost will actively help weeds to grow. Mulch will also protect your soil from heat, cold and wind Basically, leaves as mulch are just leaves but leaves as compost have decomposed.

So, how to mulch leaves. Collect your leaves by whatever means you prefer; raking or vacuuming then shred them and put them in a mulch bin (quite separate from your compost bin) for storage if you have a lot or put them straight onto the surface of your soil so that they can begin their protective work.… Continue reading

An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey.  He wanted to plant his annual  tomato garden, but it was very difficult work as the ground was hard.

His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over..  I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
Love, Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.… Continue reading

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