The Start

It began on a winter's day in 2006, when I first saw Los Perros, a somewhat unprepossessing bungalow at the end of a precipitous track. The house was... untidy, but the view from the terrace was stunning with Comares teetering on the edge of a cliff to the south, La Maroma, a 2000m mountain to the east and Maz Mullar, a large flat-topped outcrop to the south west. And then the garden, steeply sloping away from the front of the house and covered with undergrowth, overgrowth and any other kind of growth. The fencing had kept grazing animals away for years, and it showed. But I still spent 90 photos worth of digital camera scrambling around the “garden” snapping every aspect, all but ignoring the house I was about to buy.

It was almost a year before I moved in, and immediately set to work on what I now call Phase I; the Lower Terrace and Vegetable Garden, the only vaguely flat stretch in the garden and that a narrow, 30 metre stretch.

Then, as often happens, events took over and for the next few years all I could do was keep the vegetable area going, gradually improving the soil until I could stab a garden fork into it without fracturing an elbow. The rest of the garden carried on, as it had done for years, growing weeds with stems as thick as your arm. It became a jungle, into which I rarely ventured. Now, almost 7 years on, work has started again on my dream, the reason I came out here to southern Spain; to build a garden and leave a legacy that for one, my mother would be proud of.

Dave Axon, November, 2013.

Early Days

This was taken in January, 2007, before moving in almost a year later. It gives a idea of the slope immediately below the house on the south side. The weeds had grown unchecked for at least six years as the plot had been fenced off from hungry goats which are herded around the campo. I've thought of letting them in, but now I have a few plants of my own and the consumption would not be limited to weeds...

It took a while to weed the garden; about 15 years, and it's still on-going. The soil is poor, but rocks are abundant. In fact you could describe the garden as boulders, rocks, stones and scree interspersed with dust, and that would be kind.

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