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






Friday, 27 February 2015

Geranium moth

Over the years, many of us have discussed the dreadful geranium moth and the devastation they cause.  

 
 
I especially remember two years ago when they were particularly bad and many of us lost a lot of geraniums.  I have personally tried many different sprays from various garden centres and neem oil as preventative measures, but thought I'd share my success story.  
 
I read about trying moth balls and they work for me.  By just placing them gently in the soil at the top of the pot acts as a deterrent.
 
Not only have I found this effective but the price is amazing!!!  You can purchase a bag of twelve moth balls in Competa, from the lower Chinese Bazaar next to the tourist office for only 1euro.
 
Hope it works for you.


Thanks
Cindy 
 
Note from the Editor
 
OK Folks please give it a try and send me details of how this worked for you!
 
Do you have any other handy tips to share with club members. Just email me your tips to sunley.judith@btinternet.com and I will share them on the blog.

News from Viveros Florena

Young vegetable plants now in stock - large tomatoes, red and white onions, long peppers and cucumbers.
From 0.10 per plantlet.

Also - just arrived, some fabulous Pride of Madeira (echium candicans), big plants, full of flower buds.


 
And, on Saturday 28th February, we will have a plant stall at the Craft Fair and Coffee Morning at Al-Andalus Hotel in Maro, near Nerja.

Entrance free and starting at 11 am.


Proceeds to the Royal British Legion, so go along and have a good morning out!

The Viveros Florena Team.


Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.Author of Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, the Zest of Life.

Garden Centre, Landscape Designers and Constructors.
Opening Hours: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre

Reminder to reply - garden club visit 10 March

Have you replied yet?

Our next garden club meeting is a visit to Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca on 10 March.

We are suggesting that members arrive at around 11.00.
As there is no on site café we are also suggesting that members may wish to call into the restaurant that is close by before returning home for coffee and /or have lunch (at their own expense!)

Are you attending?

Please reply to me (the editor) by 1 March to indicate- If you are attending on 10 March

- How many people will be attending with you

- If you are willing to drive, and if so, how many spaces you will have in your car

- If you will need a lift

- Whether you would prefer a meeting point of Competa or Sayalonga to coordinate lifts

Thank you


Please do not hit reply or your response may get lost within the blog's management system,
instead email me on sunley.judith@btinternet.com

If you travel in someone else's car we simply request that you pay the driver a contribution of 2.50 Euros towards the cost of petrol.

I will confirm travelling arrangements for passengers when I have more replies.
 
You can find the directions here http://axarquiagardenclub.blogspot.com.es/2015/02/garden-club-march-visit-jardin-botanico.html

Frangipani cuttings

I have taken about 6 Frangipani cuttings, yellow, and if anyone would like to reserve one when they are ready to be collected please email me on mavemoore@ymail.com.

Editor - I hope I have added the right picture !

But be prepared to wait a few weeks until they are ready as they are delicate. The roots are a long time coming and they will turn brown if they are not good, so I would prefer to keep them here so I can keep an eye on them.

Best wishes

Mave

Talk at Las Chimeneas near Orgiva - Wednesday 4 March

I am giving a talk at a local Garden on Wednesday 4th March and thought some of the Garden Club members might be interested.

It's at Las Chimeneas near Orgiva, you can find it on Facebook at this link: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Las-Chimeneas-Open-Garden/857162370982581?fref=ts.

I look forward to seeing club members you in Orgiva sometime.

Regards

Sue Rodgers

visit our Selfsufficiency4u website
Phone: (0034) 689033810
Skype us on: superinspain1
Self-Sufficiency, Organic Gardening & Herbal Courses in Andalucia, Spain

Las Chimenias Garden Open Day - first Wednesday of every month

Kay opens her garden every Wednesday, the charge is 4euro which includes tea & cake, and the first Wed of the month she plans to have an event, so if not this month then another month might be of interest to members!

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Las-Chimeneas-Open-Garden/857162370982581?fref=ts

Regards

Sue Rodgers

visit our Selfsufficiency4u website
Phone: (0034) 689033810
Skype us on: superinspain1
Self-Sufficiency, Organic Gardening & Herbal Courses in Andalucia, Spain

Friday, 20 February 2015

Garden Club March visit - Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca

Our next garden club meeting is a visit to Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca on 10 March.

We are suggesting that members arrive at around 11.00.
As there is no on site café we are also suggesting that members may wish to call into the restaurant that is close by before returning home for coffee and /or have lunch (at their own expense!)

Are you attending?


Please reply to me (the editor) by 1 March to indicate- If you are attending on 10 March

- How many people will be attending with you

- If you are willing to drive, and if so, how many spaces you will have in your car

- If you will need a lift

- Whether you would prefer a meeting point of Competa or Sayalonga to coordinate lifts

Thank you


Please do not hit reply or your response may get lost within the blog's management system,
instead email me on sunley.judith@btinternet.com

If you travel in someone else's car we simply request that you pay the driver a contribution of 2.50 Euros towards the cost of petrol.
 
Here are the excellent directions that Gill Jordan and Olga have prepared with suitable photographs along the way - so our drivers should feel confident that they wont get lost!!

Directions to Jardin Botanico Molina de Inca -
Address: Nueva Ronda de Circunvalacion Oeste, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain

Allow about an hour to travel from Sayalonga/Competa - approx. 70 Km.


Join the autovia and stay on it to Malaga.

Do not go on the new bypass but stay on the Autovia as if heading to the airport.

Carry on the Autovia and go past the airport and past Plaza Mayor. 

 Come off at Junction 226 Torremolinos and Palacio de Congresos





   At the roundabout, take the fourth exit towards Torremolinos




                             
After a very short distance, about 100mtrs or so, make a right turn.

                  

 Follow this road until it opens out into a large parking area behind a large tree



The Jardine Botanico is off to the right.


You have arrived! 

Concert in aid of Purple Day World-wide Epilepsy Awareness on Friday 27th March at La Vendimia, Competa at 8.00pm

The Purple Poppers will be giving a concert in aid of Purple Day World-wide Epilepsy Awareness on Friday 27th March at La Vendimia, Competa at 8.00pm.  
 
 
 
The choir and soloists will sing a selection of light music. 

Great News!  Many people who came to last year's One Voice concert at the Tanatorio in Competa will have an opportunity to hear the wonderful EUSEBIO PITA sing a tenor solo for us on the night.
 
There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

We hope that this year's concert will be as successful and as much fun as the first Purple Day concert in March 2013  - so please come along WEARING PURPLE!  
 
Entrance is free but you may need to book a table to ensure a seat.
 
BAR-RESTAURANTE LA VENDIMIA
Address: Avda. de Nerja, nº, 19, 29754 Cómpeta, Málaga
Phone:605 91 02 40
 
Click below for directions
 

"LeRoc! Next Session - Monday 16th March - 8.00 pm at the Salon de Culturales, Canillas de Albaida!

"LeRoc!  Next Session - Monday 16th March - 8.00 pm at the Salon de Culturales, Canillas de Albaida

Have you watched people jiving on the dance floor and wished you could do the same?  

Now's your chance to learn how.  

You will be taught three easy, exciting steps to get you started.  Jiving is a FUN way to exercise.

Come on your own or with a friend.   
 
The evening is FREE but you will need to bring your own drinks.  

For directions contact caroljstarr@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Viveros Florena Services

We often get asked exactly what services we can supply - well, we are constantly adding to them so here, just to clarify:
  •  Landscaping:  We offer a full landscaping service with our very own team of artisanal builders. Have a look at the landscaping page on our website (http://www.viverosflorena.com/#!services/c21r) for some inspiration - walls, paving, patios, pergolas, steps, water features and swimming pools. Lorraine will visit your garden, talk through your requirements and then prepare a detailed quotation for the works. Anything from a single flower bed up to a whole garden; from supply only of plants, supply and plant and building works combined with supply and plant. Quotations are free on small gardens. For larger gardens of over 1000m2, there is a nominal charge of €50.
  • Landscaping From Afar: If you live too far away for that type of personal visit, we can still help you. Drop us a line explaining your requirements and Lorraine will prepare a sketch and planting plan for specific areas.  She will work closely with you, asking lots of questions and working from photographs to personalise your garden and making it special to you. Write to us for a no-commitment quote.
  • Consultation:  If you just need some personalised advice, Lorraine can visit your garden advising on and identifying plants, giving suggestions on possible landscaping works or planting possibilities. The charge for this service is €20 per hour with travelling time on top.
  • Your Personalised Plant Care Programme:  Lorraine can visit your garden and draw up a care calendar for you so that you know when to prune, when to spray and how to look after your plants in general. This monthly chores list takes away the guesswork and will enable you to get the best out of your plants. A one-off charge that will be useful in your garden for years.
    Gardens up to 1000m2: €75
    Gardens between 1000 and 2500m2: €100
    Large gardens: Please enquire
  • Pre-ordering of Plants: We know that many of you don't live here permanently. Often you can only make brief visits and your time is tight. You want to plant, and arrive knowing that you can collect all your plants without waiting/searching. Just let us know your requirements, we'll let you have prices and we'll have all your plants here ready and waiting for you.
  • Join our Mailing: Keep up to date with us and all our happenings. Join our mailing list for regular updates on exciting new stock, open days, special offers etc.
  • Visiting Clubs:  If you are part of a Club, we'd be happy to see you all. Advise us in advance of your visit, we'll organise tea/coffee/soft drinks with home-made cake and Lorraine can give a free talk too. Sorry, she no longer travels for talks.
  • Gift Vouchers:  Need a present? We have gift vouchers.
  • Delivery:  Yes, we deliver. If your order is over €150 and you are within 15km radius, we will deliver free. Smaller orders carry a delivery charge of €10 and please ask for a quote for long-distance deliveries.
  • Facebok:  Let’s be friends! Lorraine Cavanagh’s Garden Centre
Above all – relax, let us do the work and leave you to enjoy your garden.
We are so much more than just a Garden Centre!
 
And, don't forget, coffee and tea is free. Sit in our leafy patio area, absorb the sights and smells and get plenty of free advice - does it get any better!!   
  
The Viveros Florena Team
  Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.Author of Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, the Zest of Life.

Garden Centre, Landscape Designers and Constructors.
Opening Hours: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Cactus Collection plant fair Benalmadena 3-5 April


The 9th annual plant fair takes place in the park of  La Paloma, located in the town of Benalmádena from 3 to 5 April.



There is an area of 6,000m2 housing a collection of palms, bamboos and one of the best collections of Cactus and other Succulents in Europe.

For more information contact
Área Administrativa
Sección de Parques y Jardines
Avda. Juan Luis Peralta, 20
29630 Benalmádena (Málaga)

Heirloom Seed Supplies - information request

Here is a link for the person at our February meeting who is looking for heirloom seed suppliers. 

I have ordered from Baker Creek many times, and they do ship to Spain.  Their seeds are great - all natural, no GMO.

Here is their information along with their link on the web:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 
http://www.rareseeds.com/

I have been ordering plants from  Planfor.co.uk  They have some really unusual trees, etc., and their service is really good. 

I just placed a big order with them and the shipment fee was 16 Euro.  I received 6 garden sculptures and 8 trees - some small, raspberries and a few shrubs.  This is not the first time I have ordered from them.  Their service is great and the plants arrive in very good condition. 

I usually receive the order within 10 days of placing it.  I thought it may be interesting to members of the garden club.  If nothing else - their website is great to look at.


Anna

Garden Club March visit - Jardine Botanico Molino de Inca

Our next garden club meeting is a visit to Jardine Botanico Molino de Inca on 10 March.

We are suggesting that members may wish to call into the restaurant that is close by before returning home and take coffee and /or have lunch (at their own expense!)  

The name “Molino de Inca” originated from a licence obtained by Joseph de Inca Sotomayor in 1700 for the construction of two flour mills to be powered by the “Manantial de Torremolinos” (Torremolinos Springs), “Manantial del Albercón” (Albercon Springs), “Manantial de Inca” (Inca Springs) and the “Manantial de La Cueva” (La Cueva Springs).

The Garden, which was designed by the municipal technician Manuel Simón, was opened to the public in Spring 2003. With over 70 species of palm trees, it is one of mainland Spain’s top three outdoor public palm gardens.

Molino de IncaMolino de IncaPlano del Molino de Inca

The garden’s most interesting trees include an enormous Eucalyptus and a one-hundred year-old Araucaria of more than 50 metres in height, which is located in the centre of a maze.

Numerous viewpoints overlooking the gardens, together with a dozen aviaries distributed throughout the grounds, offer visitors the opportunity to detach themselves from the overcrowded atmosphere which prevails on the Costa del Sol.


 

Club visit to Dave and Gill Armstead's organic garden 10 February 2015

25 club members joined us for the February Garden Club visit to Dave and Gill Armstead's organic garden in the Torrox Campo.

Thanks to Gill and to David for taking the photos I have selected used to illustrate the visit report. There were so many lovely photos to choose from!


Before taking a garden tour, members gathered to hear a little about the garden and the support given by volunteers through the WWOOFer (Worldwide Organisation of Organic Farms) organisation. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms  The Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO) purpose is to unite, promote,protect and support the WWOOF movement around the world.  FoWO  was founded as a way for WWOOF organisations to come together and share common responsibilities including the management of this website, WWOOF in countries without a national WWOOF organisation as yet and trademarking issues .

This scheme provides a willing stream of volunteers to help in the garden, receiving their board and lodging in exchange. Specifically we learned about the work of volunteer Mick, who spends the winter months in Torrox cultivating the organic garden, and then returns to Scotland to administer a tree planting scheme (amongst other things). Unfortunately he was unwell and was not able to lead the garden tour, although he joined us later for a question and answer session.

Dave and Gill also have a number of 4 legged garden "volunteers" who were pleased to share the tour with our club members.

On the way down through the planting areas - herb garden on right

Members were told that crab sticks were used in the plastic bottle containing liquid suspended from the trees

This was an experimental area for planting using sand and organic material
 
Another area for storing organic material favoured by one of the cats - there are up to 14!!
 

The bunkers stored liquid feed (including maturing urine) and bags of horse manure


 
There were also free range chickens with their own large house and enclosed run.
 
Our members accompanied Dave on a garden tour with Gill taking up the rear. Members fired questions towards them both throughout the tour and learned much about the early beginnings of their idea to develop an organic garden to supply their own preference for organic vegetables which were not readily available when they moved to Spain.
 
 

Dave contrasted the style of organic gardening in evidence on their plot with the approach used by neighbouring farmers, where expanses of bare soil around the trees and shrubs indicated frequent use of spraying.

In most instances "weeds" were not removed, although couch grass was one weed that was more likely to be removed.

Walking down the plot, with the herb bed on the right and towards the seedling shed.

 



Bamboo canes used for labelling

Notice the unusual planter for some seedlings to the right of the picture
There were different vegetable plots all numbered as part of Mick's research into permaculture. Various mulches were in use, including discarded weeds, straw, and pieces of cardboard. Vegetables were closely planted.






There were also numerous types of fruit trees. Some of the leaves were looking yellow and Dave advised that he would enrich the soil after picking the last few remaining fruits. In response to a question he suggested curled leaves could be removed. As required, he sprayed his trees every 10 days or so with Neem oil, and his WOOFER volunteers also washed individual leaves to remove pests.


Only a small area around the base of the tree was kept clear of weeds.
 

 


Recent cold weather created frosty conditions at the lower part of the plot

With a cup of coffee (or tea) and a delicious piece of lemon drizzle cake members were able to ask questions of Mick their resident winter farm manager. A lively discussion ensued.

From left to right - Mick, Dave and Gill
Cleary immensely knowledgeable, Mick explained what "Permaculture" means, a much more far reaching approach than organic gardening, where the principle efforts are around adding natural nourishment to improve the health of the soil, and thus the crops grown. It is a holistic and natural approach to planting. Members were surprised to hear that he considered that weeding was only necessary at the time of planting - to allow a brief space for a seedling to be established. In fact weeds were used as mulch and to make green liquid compost.

 

Mick heartily encouraged leaving plants with deep tap roots to remain in the soil, and recommended Comfrey as an excellent all round soil enricher.

Potash - from the ash from the log burner - was added to water and used as a liquid feed, but not before or after rain.

He described various experiments underway in different parts of he garden to discover how the quality and enrichment of the soil impacted on plant growth.

When asked about crop rotation he suggested that Brassicas rob the soil of certain enrichment, and so benefitted from being planted in different places each year. However, he considered that many traditionally considered to be annual plants, such as peppers and tomatoes, could yield crops year after year. He pinched out the early flowers of strawberries to enable the roots to strengthen and thus yield more prolific crops.


Wikipaedia describes permaculture as a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.[1][2] The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture" [3] but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture," as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming philosophy.

Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.
 
Dave and Gill Armstead and Mick.
The club wishes to thank Dave, Gill and Mick for their hospitality and the enthusiastic way in which they dealt with member enquiries.