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For me, the best time of year here in the Algarve includes the cooler months – starting with our second spring following the autumn rainfall. This is still a sort of miracle of regeneration with...

Sweet potatoes are real superstars of the plant kingdom. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, they also help to stabilise the blood sugar level. With 600 species, it is a member of the...

For those who still like the enormous treat of a new book from a good writer on the fascinating subjects of plants and gardens

Letting plants self-seed in the garden has become increasingly...

Don’t you simply love this time of year? We’ve had some decent rain, green is covering the land, but the soil is still warm and these fabulous sunny days mean it’s drained enough to dig. The...

The plants are obviously the stars of the show and over the years I have found the following to have really performed for me brilliantly – merciless sun or welcome rain.

Some I call my...

If you want some help choosing roses suitable for Mediterranean gardens then you can count on this advice from the owner of a famous rose garden in a Mediterranean setting.

People often...

The Mediterranean Garden Fair will take place in the gardens of the Pousada in Estoi on Saturday, November 7 and, as usual, we will be celebrating the start of the gardening year. This annual...

I was given some good advice when I first started gardening in the Algarve: consider summer as the winter, and autumn as a second spring. As peculiar as this may sound to begin with, it is...

In a country where water is scarce and expensive, gardens are full of useful plants: edible, fragrant or medicinal. The idea of making multi-useful hedges is a good idea. However, the traditional...

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