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Gardening Tips for the Costa del Sol

Gardening Tips for the Costa del Sol

We are so lucky to live on the Costa del Sol, as the amazing climate means that, with a little bit of attention and careful watering, you can have a beautiful and productive garden. Even a sunny terrace or patio can be pepped up with pots with herbs, flowers and fruit trees and they really help to keep things cooler as well. If you’re renting long term and still want to create some lovely green areas, by using pots you can just pick them up and move them with you if you decide to change your property.

Back in July we spoke about the joy of growing your own and we’d really recommend it if you can. If you have kids, they will love getting involved in planting things and watching them grow. We’d recommend growing cucumbers from seed, they are so quick to grow and bear fruit that they are perfect for little ones to get involved in and start taking an interest in eating the fruits of your labour too. We’d also recommend strawberry plants and cut and come again lettuce which are really easy to grow, delicious and encourage kids to eat more healthily.

Having plants and flowers not only gives us lots of joy and delicious produce, but also provides homes and food sources for insects, bees and birds. The RSPB recently gave some excellent advice about other ways that we can help birds and butterflies and coax them into our gardens to put on a show for us.

  • Butterflies love to eat mashed banana, so put a little container around chest height amongst the garden foliage to attract beautiful butterflies and give them an energy boost.
  • Attract the birds with a birdbath and/or bird feeder and offer up nuts, seeds, dried fruit and oats so they can come and have a wash and a snack.
  • You can also buy or make insect homes, which will attract insects that can help control pests in the garden, which can save us a fortune in pesticides and are a lot better for the environment of course.

There’s loads of great information and ideas in the give nature a home page on the RSPB website.

If you want a long term rental on the Costa del Sol with a garden, or a south facing patio which you can turn into a lovely green space then let us know. We have a great range of villas, townhouses and apartments with outdoor space to bring you into contact with nature.

Growing your own on the Costa del Sol

Growing your own on the Costa del Sol

Southern Spain is a paradise for keen gardeners, with an amazing climate in which almost anything will grow! You can grow your own fruit, veg and herbs, even if you just have a window box or a terrace, but obviously you’ll have some limitations in terms of what you can have.

There’s an ever increasing interest from people around the Costa del Sol to grow their own, and so organizations and Town Halls are responding by providing allotments for the community.

Arboretum Foundation has launched a new project for Marbella, 70 more organic urban allotments which will encourage sustainable development and bring together the community. This will take the total up to 100 allotments in total, which have been snapped up by keen gardeners in the area.

In May, work began in Casares Costa to create 200 100m2 plots for residents of the area. These plots are particularly designed for retired, unemployed or low income families or individuals to help them to put food on the table.

There are similar projects running in Mijas and in addition to allotments provided by the Town Hall and community groups, it is often possible to rent small pieces of land to grow your own. Speak to your local Town Hall or community group to find out what the options are in your area. If you draw a blank, then why not speak to the owners in your community and find out if they’d be up for creating a community garden in your urbanisation. It’s a great way to bring everyone together and to produce delicious, seasonal, organic fruit and veg.

If you love gardening, tell us when you’re searching for your long term rental and we’ll try and find you a property with a garden, or land. Most villas have decent gardens, many of which have fruit trees and with the permission from the landlord you can create a small veg patch. It’s also amazing what you can grow in pots on a sunny terrace; salad leaves, tomatoes, chillies, cucumber and more can all be very productive in pots if they are well looked after.

If space is important to you, then look further inland around Istan, Ojen and Coin for properties with large plots. Please tell us when you start your search, as we may have to cast our net a little wider than normal if you want a plot to cultivate. However, if you want to make sure that the work you do doesn’t get lost when you move, then an allotment can be a great choice which can keep your long term rental search more flexible and give you more options for locations and property types.

Take a look at our Costa del Sol long term rental properties on our website, or drop us an email with your requirements and we’ll try and find you that perfect place.

Looking after your Mediterranean garden in the winter

One of the joys of renting long term on the Costa del Sol is looking after your Mediterranean garden. Making sure that it looks as good as possible at every season of the year means you can enjoy sitting on your terrace all year round, basking in the long hours of sunshine.

Because roses are so readily associated with an English country garden, it is sometimes not realised how well they can grow in a Mediterranean climate. They really are quite resilient and need much less water than you think. Continue reading “Looking after your Mediterranean garden in the winter”