Quote of the Month

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Announcement of the AGC Annual Meeting

The next meeting will be held at  
11.00 am on Tuesday 13th November 
at the Centro Ocio C√≥mpeta  
(next to the doctor's surgery) . 
 We have invited  
Andrew Sloan of the Mediterranean Garden Society 
to give us a talk.  

Andrew lives in the Alhaurin area and his specialist subject is Aloes.  
He wrote a very interesting article on these and related topics in the most recent Med. Garden Soc. booklet.  

For those of you who may be interested in finding out more about his article you can find this on the MGS website.  

Alternatively, all the publications are in the Club library which Greg brings along to most meetings and you are very welcome to borrow them.  
Despite their stuffy appearance the booklets contain interesting reading very relevant to our area. 

I hope there will be a full turn out at the meeting so please feel free to bring along any friends who may be interested.
Come laden down with your Subscription Money......
Best regards,

Organic Farm Visit

This announcement appeared earlier in the Blog. but is still relevant.
If anyone is interested please contact Carol or Cindy - if we cannot make the Nov 11th  or 24th dates, they may be able to arrange an alternative date for all AGC members. 
Sounds Yummy!

 Visit to Montes Negros organic farm near Canillas de Aceituno. 
Guided walk followed by tea and cake.
Join us on our farm on Sunday 11th November or Saturday 24th November at 4p.m., meeting point El Bar Cruce Trapiche.
The visit starts with a 50 minute walk around the farm and river followed by tea and cake on the terrace whilst watching the sunset.
The menu, based on seasonal produce will be Fig, Rosemary and Honey Cake, Almond and Orange Cake, Scones and jam and fresh bread with cheese, pickles and chutneys, plus tea, coffee and infusions. 

Everything is made using our own home produced organic ingredients and the afternoon costs 5 euros per person.
All of our products are available to buy directly as well.

(To reserve your place, please send me an e-mail directly to 
mercadobiologicolavinuela at gmail dot com with your name, e-mail and mobile number, or ring me directly on 655 987 105 and ask for Rachael. )

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Viveros Florena - the only place for Water Retentive

Water Retentive Products – 50% Reduction on Irrigation and Organic Too!

Bio Humus
: A substrate composed of 90% organic material and 10% natural silicates with a very high natural mineral content. It enhances the long-term growth of the roots and allows the plant to absorb 90% of the water given by irrigation/rain, reducing losses by evaporation and rapid absorption into hot, dry ground.
At the same time it channels better absorption of nutrients.

 It is extremely beneficial in dry soils, nutrient poor soils, and in desert-like climates. It even enables growth in saline conditions.
Bio Humus is applied once only for new plantings. Dry,  it resembles dark compost and becomes gel-like when wet.
It is sediment extracted from glacial lakes, formed over thousands of years by the decomposition of algae, plankton and reeds and has extraordinary water retentive properties.
These same lakes are silting up because of an abundance of the material, so removing it is, in fact, beneficial to the environment and gives us gardeners a remarkable material too.
Where dredging has taken place, native fish are returned to the new increased depth of water to restore the natural balance.
It is available in 25 litre sacks which will retail at €25, sufficient for planting 12 trees; thus approx. €2 a tree – a one-off application that will carry on functioning in the soil for up to 10 years. The saving in irrigation is generally 50%. Work it out!
This important product is currently in use on mango trees in the south of Spain.

Humate Extract: a 100% organic liquid concentrate derived from Bio Humus.

It stimulates the development of beneficial fungi and root growth to such an extent that the plants become much more self-sufficient.
It can be applied to new/existing plantings either by foliar spray or through radicular irrigation. 

It complements Bio-Humus.
It is available in 2 litre pots, priced at €70 but – wait for this – the dilution rate is 1:1000 applied by foliar spray or 1:10,000 in the irrigation system. 

It will achieve results at least as good as those of chemical fertilisers but at much less cost and no contamination of crops or soil.
It need only be applied once a month.

Mycor Glomus
: 100% organic material based on six strains of fungi.
These fungi live on the roots of plants forming a symbiotic relationship, one that is mutually beneficial; if the plant thrives, the fungi thrive so they look after each other. 

They have been shown to increase root growth up to seven times, thus reducing the watering and feeding requirements significantly.
The huge increase in root growth makes this product eminently suitable for anti-erosion plantings and ground stabilising.
It comes in a powder form to be sprinkled onto the roots before planting or it can be injected, in paste form, into the roots of existing plantings.
It is available in 2 litre pots, priced at €70; apply 40 ml. per tree.

We are the only local stockist of these important ecological products.
Call and have a chat with us if you’d like more details.

Lorraine Cavanagh, 

Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga, Spain.
Winter hrs: 10 - 4. 

Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:     00 34 689928201
Email:  florenaspain@hotmail.com
Author of Mediterranean Garden Plants.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Gravel Garden in the AGC Library

During our September meeting, when Carol gave an interesting talk on irrigation. 
She made several references to the Beth Chatto book on her Gravel Garden.
This book is now in our garden club library, please see our librarian Greg at our next meeting.

November for Annual Subs

  November is Subscription Month!

Make Cindy, our Treasurer happy!!

Please remember to bring your renewal money to the AGC Meeting in November
(venue to be announced)

October Accounts

Brought Forward                                                                                         €582.76

October Raffle    (Income)                                  €12.00

Entrance fee to Gib Botanical Gardens  (Expenditure)        €60.00

Balance Carried Forward                                                                               €534.76

More photos of the Working Party of the Year

Some photographs of the Garden Club Working Party building the steps at Linda Innes's finca.  

Five members, Carol, Greg, Cindy, Graham and Hugh together with two extra helpers, Tom Robinson and Terry built 19 steps in Linda's garden.   A great mornings work :-

Sunday, 14 October 2012

THIS is why the Axarquia Garden Club is SO GOOD!

I would like to thank the members of the gardening club for the offers of help when I initially asked for assistance with a project (building wooden steps) that Con could not manage; and to those who were able to come along this morning.
In no time due to the equipment, man and lady power things were taking shape....and by lunch time the job was done. 
Many thanks and fondest regards,

Friday, 12 October 2012

October Visit : Report

We were pleased to be able to hold this month's meeting at Viveros Florena, with Lorraine giving us a very informative and interesting talk on growing and maintaining citrus trees.
 She had 3 specimens - a 2 year old, 5 year old and an 8 year old tree to show us.  

All trees are grafted.  

The 2-year old orange tree (about 1m tall in its pot) - she advised not to let the plant fruit for the first two years to allow the tree to grow in structure and strength.  
The 8 year old tree needed to have its centre stem reduced in size to encourage side branching.  
The older trees can be allowed to fruit and must be pruned after fruiting to allow light and air to get into the centre branches of the tree; the plant only produces fruit if the sun can get to the branches.  
Citrus trees do best in full sun and fruiting can be limited if grown in some shade.  

To improve the quality of the fruit you can remove some fruit.  
Sometimes the trees do this naturally but after natural shedding there may still be too many fruits and these should be removed.

 Leaf miner insects can burrow into the soft young leaf growth but, unless the tree is more than 25% infested, these insects do not damage the trees nor limit fruiting.  

Scale insects cause a different problem but systemic insecticides are expensive and commercial growers don't use them.  
If ants are present in great numbers around the tree, this is an indication of scale insect infestation as the ants "milk" the honeydew and also attack the natural predators of the scale insect.   Deterring ants with ant powder or sticky bands round tree trunks will help alleviate the problem and a weekly Neem spray, which is a natural preventative, will help with against both pest and disease. 
Citrus trees, in the ground, need feeding with a balanced fertiliser (not too much nitrogen which produces soft leafy growth) every 6 weeks.  

Those in pots need feeding monthly.   
Though citrus trees are quite drought tolerant they do require twice weekly, deep watering during the summer and continuing into the winter if there is little rainfall.
 Good news for those living at least 600m above sea level:  they will flower and fruit.
 The meeting ended with coffee and home made cakes plus plenty of discussion.
Best wishes,

News from Viveros Florena

Special Offer!
From 13th to 19th October,
inclusive, all our climbers will be discounted by 10%.
Keep looking - we'll have special offers every month.

Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga, Spain.
Horas de verano:    9 - 2. Summer hrs: 9 - 2.
Horas de invierno: 10 - 4. Winter hrs: 10 - 4.
Cerrado los domingos y los lunes. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:     00 34 689928201

We are open normal hours over the holiday weekend - so Friday and Saturday open 10am - 4pm and closed on Sunday and Monday, as always.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Help with Avocado Cultivation please

Hello - Please kindly put this question into the forum thanks: 
Avocado watering needs ?
Hello all - I have a question regarding how much water is needed/best for growing avocados Here on the Andalusian Southcoast (Competa)
We have a small plot of land with about 100 mature trees and plenty of  agricultural water for them -  But am in doubt just HOW much water the trees need month by month during the year.
Right now each tree has 6 pieces of drip-jets each jet giving 4 Liter/Hourly.
Have been talking to an agrarian and he said (with our system) to water 3 hours every day in July/August - It translates then to 6 x 4 x 100 x 3 = 7200 liter each day which I find a bit excessive even for the 2 hottest month's ?

 (Sept/Oct he said - 2 hours every day )      
 I simply find it too much - But what do I know....?
I will be glad for any information regarding water-needs/quantities/month

Kind regards Erik - email:   edcprivat at gmail.com 
(no ending e in privat as we are Danish :-)
Also - copy to editoragc@gmail.com please