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Let’s brighten up the streets and apartment blocks this spring

By Dick Handscombe
Gardening author living in Spain for over 25 years

Unfortunately Spain does not in general have a reputation for pretty towns and villages. One main reason is that unfortunately there is no network of competitions for best kept towns and villages similar to those of France and England for instance.

Fortunately there are some residents of village houses and apartment blocks who take a pride in developing patios in the sky to live comfortably on their terraces , balconies and roof tops. But much more could be done especially along the coast to create a green urban environment attractive to residents and holiday makers. Fortunately our book ‘Apartment gardening – Mediterranean style’ has become the bible for enthusiasts for the design of attractive and productive outside living areas in the sky.



 The book is full of practical guidelines, examples and appetite wetting photographs as illustrated.

‘Decorated windowsill’

‘An attractive green balcony’

‘Small but cosy for dining in the sky’

‘A comfortable low maintenance rooftop’

 

None of these designs would be difficult or expensive to install, especially in relation to the terrace space cost of buying the space which is so often just used for drying clothes or as an untidy storage space. Some enthusiasts have not only used plants but also attractive artefacts and some are growing daily fresh herbs fruit and vegetables very productively in small spaces.

 

‘An interesting collection of artifacts’ 

 ‘A productive one square metre

So have a go or buy the book ‘Apartment gardening – Mediterranean’ gardening for friends, especially those who have had to down size from a villa to an apartment. The book is most easily obtained by mail order from the websites of Santana Books or Amazon Books. By the way the book includes descriptions and photographs of over a hundred plants suitable for growing in the sun, semi-shade and shade.

© Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com March 2014.
  

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