Summer reading for Gardeners in Spain

Now is the time to do any gardening work between 6.30 and 10.30 and then enjoy the pool or beach and a siesta in the deepest shade of the garden followed by a leisurely read. Our summer reading pile includes the following.

 The best book we have found for years about the wild life that used to inhabit the coastal mountains and inland plains where we and readers now live intertwined with some interesting historical tales about Spain before the mass urbanisation and use of agricultural chemicals caused unnatural culls. It’s titled ‘Al-Andulus – How nature has shaped history ‘ written by Chris Finlayson and available from Bookworld Espana shops or Santana Books on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 952-485838.

Not only wildlife but bandits used to live in the coastal hills inhibiting travellers and possible residents into the 1950’s and David Baird has spent five years writing about the bandit gangs that defied Franco after the civil war. The title of his book  is ‘Between Two Fires’ and copy is currently in the post to us from the publishers who can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For yourselves we can also recommend that you read chapter 6.16 of our book ‘Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance’. The chapter is titled ‘Be a plant detective’ and was originally published as an article called ‘36 Ways to kill summer plants!’ From recent questions on our fortnightly REM Radio spot and a clinic in Ontinyent last week the methods are still widely used!

© Clodagh and Dick Handscombe July 2008

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