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Creating an Organic Garden in Andalucia

In February 2021, Julie and I moved into a rural property in Almeria at a height of 740 metres above sea level. The house has a small garden, about 200 square metres, that has been neglected for a couple of years. Much of it is paved or tiled.

Our project over the next couple of years is to turn the garden into an oasis for birds, butterflies, bees, and humans. We also want to grow some of our own veg. We will have to cut back from what we were used to. Until September 2020 we had an allotment of about 400 square metres so this reduced area will be a challenge. The experience of growing stuff for over 10 years in the allotment should prove valuable.

This series of articles with the title 'organic garden' will chart our progress, our successes and failures in Almeria and, we hope, will inspire more of you to get out in the garden.

The articles titles '... kitchen garden' are about gardening on the Costa del Sol at sea level.

February in the kitchen garden

February in the kitchen garden in Andalucia - Potato Season ... Read the complete article >>


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March in the kitchen garden

March in the kitchen garden in Andalucia - Sowing Root Crops ... Read the complete article >>


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Taking Stock - First week in March

Creating an organic garden in Almeria province, Andalucia. Taking stock during the first week ... Read the complete article >>


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Making a start - Second week in March

Getting the priorities right, compost and herbs ... Read the complete article >>


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The end of March

The Organic Garden at the end of March in Andalucia, Spain ... Read the complete article >>


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Sowing and Watering in April

April is a busy time in the organic garden, sowing seeds, planting plugs and preparing the ground for later sowings ... Read the complete article >>


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End of April in the Organic Garden

By the end of April we are self sufficient in many herbs in the organic kitchen garden ... Read the complete article >>


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Summer Fruiting Crops

Growing tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and chilli peppers in the organic garden in Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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End of May in the organic garden

Watering systems, paths, compost, what to sow now and what to eat ... Read the complete article >>


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End of June in the Organic Garden

During June we started to see the first fruits of our labours. We also had some failures. ... Read the complete article >>


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End of July in the Organic Garden

Tomatoes, basil, squash and grape vines in the organic garden ... Read the complete article >>


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End of August in the Organic Garden

Preparing for Christmas in the organic garden ... Read the complete article >>


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End of September in the Organic Garden

The great potato experiment, strawberries for next spring and protecting peas from the sparrows ... Read the complete article >>


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End of October in the Organic Garden

Potatoes, sprouts, carrots and leeks in our organic garden in Almeria, Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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November in the kitchen garden

November in the kitchen garden - Autumn planting and sowing ... Read the complete article >>


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End of November in the Organic Garden

About humus, compost and manure in the organic kitchen garden in Almeria, Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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End of December in the Organic Garden - Growing Perfect Carrots

Andalucia is a great place to grow carrots depending on variety and time of year they are sown, will mature in 10 to 16 weeks ... Read the complete article >>


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Preparing the ground for a Herb Garden

Creating your own herb and vegetable garden in Andalucia without using insecticides, herbicides or fertilisers. ... Read the complete article >>


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Shrubby Herbs in the organic garden

Many shrubby herbs are native to the Mediterranean. These include sage, thyme, rosemary, sweet bay, marjoram and its less spicy c ... Read the complete article >>


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Sowing and Planting Perennial Herbs

Growing horseradish, ginger, turmeric, chives and other perennial herbs in an organic garden in Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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Sowing and Planting Annual Herbs

Growing garlic, parsley, basil, coriander, dill, borage and other annual herbs in an organic garden in Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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Pests and Creepy Crawlies

Dealing with pests and creepy crawlies in the organic garden in Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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A garden for birds, butterflies and bees

A list of long lived plants that are loved by birds, butterflies and bees and, most importantly, will survive here in Andalucia ... Read the complete article >>


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Rotating crops in the Kitchen Garden

In this method each year every row and therefore the entire plot in the organic kitchen garden has compost dug in at least once ... Read the complete article >>


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