In a culture that greatly values youth and beauty, skincare is a huge priority for Spaniards. Of all the countries in the world, Spain ranks 13th among the top 15 spenders in the skincare market. The country’s consumers are constantly on the lookout for the most effective and scientifically-backed products, which explains why products from Nu Skin Spain are rising in popularity.
Everything Nu Skin does is driven by science and the desires of its target audience. As a global distributor, Nu Skin has many cultures to appease, but by combining aspects of science and nature, the company is able to appeal to a broad audience. Its product range has something for everyone. This article will overview some of the most popular products in Spain’s market and how they’ve been proven in clinical trials.
Spain’s Beauty Ideals and Practices
When walking the streets of Spain, you’re bound to see bright, dewy, and seemingly age-resistant complexions that appear to defy environmental factors and the passage of time. While Spaniards are minimalist when it comes to makeup, skincare is something they take very seriously — especially in their constantly sunny country. Natives are careful to avoid sunbathing, knowing that the sun is a huge factor in ageing and skin cancer. They’re diligent with using sunscreen and moisturizer; they eat a well-balanced diet, and they follow a strict skincare routine to keep their skin as youthful as possible.
Spaniards also make an effort to stay informed about potentially harmful ingredients in skincare products. There’s a new demand within the country for botanical ingredients and formulations that have been proven to work. Nu Skin’s product lines support this growing demand, and here’s how.
Carefully Selected Ingredients
Spaniards value high-quality raw materials and potent ingredients, and Nu Skin delivers exactly that in all its products. Its scientific teams actively search out “all of the good,” meaning they work around the clock to identify the best high-quality ingredients for its skincare lines. By utilizing naturally derived materials and synthetic boosters for over three decades, the company has seen marked results in clinical trials.
Spain’s Best-Selling Skin Care Products
Epoch Baobab Body Butter
Two aspects of life in Spain make this all-over moisturizer so popular; the first is that most people bathe in hard water, which can have a harsh drying effect on the skin. The second is that oil is a huge commodity there, especially in beauty products, and Epoch Baobab Body Butter is abundant in natural oils that support smooth, supple skin.
Scientifically speaking, the baobab fruit pulp extract is a humectant and emollient that prevents dryness and conditions the skin to help it retain more moisture for longer. Together with the macadamia nut oil, which mimics the effect of the skin’s natural sebum, this monounsaturated fatty acid can easily be absorbed and maintain the skin’s natural water barrier.
180 Face Wash
Skincare isn’t just for the women of Spain. Men, too, are conscious of their skin health. The 180 Face Wash was designed with both genders in mind to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture while minimizing the impact of spots caused by Spain’s ever-blazing sun. When combined, vitamin C, sesame oil, soybean oil, grape seed extract, and ginseng extract work together to even out skin tone, prevent moisture loss, reduce free radicals, and tighten the skin.
ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22
Spain is sunny for 295 days of the year on average, which doesn’t make it easy to maintain the light complexion favoured by those who live there. As such, the ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22 has become a must-have product for a Spaniard’s skincare arsenal. This SPF contains a powerful anti-ageing blend of ingredients (including jojoba, shea butter, bamboo extract, and ageLOC) that scientifically stimulate youth cell turnover, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and ensure easy absorption by the skin.
Scientific Research Leading to ageLOC Product Line
Anti-ageing science is a hot topic in the beauty industry right now. People all over the world are desperately seeking the secret to eternal youth, and Nu Skin is making strides toward revealing those secrets and making solutions available.
Wrinkles are a direct result of extracellular matrix depletion, which causes the skin to lose its elasticity. This depletion can be attributed to environmental factors including the sun’s UV rays or smoking, which can destroy the elastic tissue that keeps the skin looking young. Science has discovered that select antioxidants and vitamins can reduce the appearance of ageing and protect the skin from sun damage.
In 2017, Aging Cell published a study conducted by scientists from LifeGen Technologies and Nu Skin. The purpose of the study was to determine healthy patterns of gene expression in various tissues and use them to discover ingredients for their formulas with the same healthy-ageing patterns.
The experiment was successful; Nu Skin identified some of the genes that impact how we look while we age. This led researchers to conclude that healthy ageing can be supported by combining ingredients that mimic healthy ageing in a variety of tissues and applying them to skincare products.
These ingredients were named super markers, and today, Nu Skin’s ageLOC science targets those super markers to influence the way people age. ageLOC technology creates a balance of super markers with their youthful genetic patterns and applies this science in Nu Skin product development.
Browse Nu Skin Spain’s Anti-Aging Product Range
Whether you live in Spain or elsewhere in the world, you can browse Nu Skin’s product range to find a solution that suits your needs. With more than 200 personal care products, you’re sure to find exactly what you need to look and feel great — inside and out.
BULB say they can help us save money on electricity in Spain: We’ve already signed up, have you?
What would you say if we told you that there was finally a way to Save Money on Electricity in Spain? Yes, you heard us right, we said … Save Money on Electricity in Spain!
A few years ago we shared our disgust and dissatisfaction about the service or lack of service provided by Spanish electricity companies and the extortionate charges (read here). Finally, four years later, there may be some light (no pun intended 😉 ) at the end of this tunnel.
When Bulb contacted us an offered to explain their services we were all eyes and ears and ad impatiently waiting to learn more. By signing up to their website you will be on their waiting list …
Bulb is coming to Spain. Who are we and what do we believe in?
We’re Bulb, a new electricity company that is about to launch in Spain. Our mission is to help people reduce their bills and carbon emissions. We’re currently the fastest growing supplier in the UK, with over 1.5 million members. We have recently switched our first member in Spain and are excited to have more family, friends and beta testers join us before the end of the year, followed by a full launch next year. If you want to be one of the first to have access to the service in Spain, you can join the priority list at www.bulb.es. If you register with this special link, you’ll receive €20 credit when your switch completes.
We’re expanding internationally to help even more people lower their bills and cut carbon emissions. When we started Bulb in the UK, we saw the same problems at lots of the big providers – poor service, high tariffs, inefficiency and little support for renewables. We wanted to give people a better choice about where to get their energy from. We looked closely at countries across the world when deciding where to take Bulb next. The most important thing was to work out where we could be most useful. Spain (as well as France and Texas) were the best bets for saving members a significant amount of money on their bills, whilst providing carbon neutral energy and an excellent member experience.
100% green electricity sourced in Spain
We provide our members with 100% renewable electricity from Spanish generators. For every unit you use, we make sure a unit is produced and put on the grid by a renewable source – solar, wind and hydro.
This helps people cut down on their carbon emissions. By being with Bulb and using green electricity, all our members are helping to protect the planet. Every year, the average Spanish Bulb home lowers their carbon impact by 906 kilos of CO2 per year. That’s the hard work of around 314 trees.
By keeping things simple, we help members to reduce their energy bills. We have been working on delivering a competitive tariff that will help people save money. We’ve done the maths and our smart tariff is 125€ cheaper than the Big 3 stable plans for an average home in Spain. It’s one of the lowest on the market, renewable or not. Our tariff also reflects the real cost of energy. This way everyone is always on the best possible price.
How can we be cheaper? We’ve developed in-house technology to help us keep our costs low. We have also automated many of our back-office activities to increase team efficiency. This helped us keep our costs low and we decided to pass these savings on to you. We believe that’s what’s fair.
A simple electricity bill
Energy does not have to be complicated. And, if you have any questions, you should receive the best service. You shouldn’t have to wait thirty minutes, or speak with five different people, to reach a solution. For us, it is important to provide outstanding service and take care of our members. All of our support is available in both Spanish and English. In the UK, we are proud to have more than 24,000 reviews on Trustpilot with a score of 4.8 / 5.
Join Bulb before anyone else
If you want to be part of Bulb in Spain from the beginning, join our priority access list here.
Have you heard about the Three Gifts at Christmas tradition? Do you know where the idea originates from?
If you are looking for a way to enhance yet declutter your festive season, the Three Gifts at Christmas idea may be for you.
I think it is a great way to ensure money is wisely spent on gifts that are both required and desired rather than simply buying for the sake of it, as can sometimes be the case.
Our children are growing up fast and as much as we loved our old festive traditionsof Christmas Eve Boxes and fun Family Stockings, I have become increasingly aware of the frivolity of it all and the waste we create. Maybe I am becoming even more Bah Humbugand grumpy in my years … I’ll leave that one for you to decide.
So, what is the origin of the Three Gifts at Christmas idea?
As we have mentioned before, despite the fact that Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Papa Noel (and whatever else you may call him) has been growing in popularity in Spain over the past years, The Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos) are still the most respected and celebrated in this country.
After all, it wasn’t a well sized, jolly, white bearded man in a red outfit that bore gifts to the newborn Jesus was it? Or was that just in the Simpsons or whatever else they told our children… (joke ;-))
However, I don’t want to dwell on that too much as I appreciate we all have our own beliefs and interpretations of events. I am here to share our ideas and interpretations with you.
The three gifts at Christmas idea appears to have originated from the gifts brought by the three kings, that of:
What is the Meaning of the Three Gifts?
During research for this idea, I googled the three gifts at christmas idea and found many interpretations. I thought that this post on Keeper Of The Home offered a clear explanation of the meanings of the three gifts
The gift of gold symbolizes something of great value. It’s to be something the child wants – something precious to them.
You can let your child choose this gift or you can simply buy something you know they really want. This is the one you can really have fun with…but don’t go overboard. I’ve always found great deals on my “gold” items – and most of the time I buy used things. Buy used and save the difference.
The gift of frankincense symbolizes something spiritual. Frankincense was burned in the temple as part of worship. For this gift, we give something that helps with the child’s spiritual walk.
Our interpretation: As we are not religious, something for the mind / educational / learning
Myrrh was a medicinal item back in the day. This gift symbolizes something for the body. I’ve heard it told that the Wise Men brought this gift to Jesus in preparation for when he would die for us. This item can be any number of things: clothing, shoes, cologne, underwear.
Our Family In Spain Version of Three Gifts at Christmas
So, this year, we are limiting our gifts to three per person. There will be no Christmas Eve box nor family stocking. There will however be lots of homemade decorations and naughty foods. After all, both Nana and Granny are coming to visit so we cannot kill the festive spirit totally … I’m waiting for next year to do that (but Shhhh for now, that’s a new blog post for in the new year 😉 )
Our three gifts will be:
Something for the HEART
Something for the BODY
Something for the MIND
As our children are now older and thankfully, incredibly thoughtful, we will all participate in selecting gifts for each other. We like to keep it interesting!
What will we end up with? Who knows. And, to be honest, that does not really matter at all. It is the general build up and anticipation that is still exciting. Amusing threats and insinuations have already begun. Imagine what 15 year old Joshua thinks would be good for his dad’s body and his mum’s mind! Ha ha ha!
Have you tried the Three Gifts at Christmas idea? What do you think?
Are you moving to Spain or maybe you are already living here and are looking for work opportunities? Have you considered working as a Nu Skin Spain distributor?
Many women in Spain choose to seek employment outside their new home, however, there are also many women who choose to stay home and solely handle household responsibilities. While this is a fulfilling and noble calling, you might be looking for a little something extra to enhance your day. After all, enjoying some self-earned extra income never hurt anybody, did it now?
There are currently over 200 personal care products available through Nu Skin, making it easy to find products that work for anyone — regardless of age, gender, or social status. Vault, a professional ranking and review company, listed Nu Skin as the eighth-best personal care company in the world because of their range of products and their global reach.
Global Humanitarian Efforts
Another thing that helps Nu Skin stand out in the market is their humanitarian efforts across the world. The “Force for Good” campaign provides service projects and relief efforts throughout the global markets, including creating school kits for children in orphanages in Singapore, teaching children safety skills in Greater China, and more. When you join as a distributor with Nu Skin, you become part of their efforts to help the world.
Benefits of Direct Marketing
As an affiliate distributor with Nu Skin Spain, you will experience a variety of benefits that you won’t get in a traditional office setting. However, the best of these benefits is this: freedom. When you become a direct marketer, the only person in charge of you is you.
Working as your own boss allows you to pick your own schedule, including how many hours you work. Choose to work part-time at 20 hours, full time at 40 hours, or as much or as little as you want to fit the lifestyle you have.
Since the majority of direct marketing is done online, you can work anywhere you can take your phone. Relaxing on the beach in Marbella? Yep, you can work there. Visiting friends in Madrid? Don’t forget your phone. Having a quiet night at home? Make some extra money while you watch TV. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can work for the Nu Skin business.
Perhaps you are looking for some extra ”fun” money or you want to bring in a little more to help with the bills. Being a direct marketer with Nu Skin can help you with that. Nu Skin is a popular global brand that has been extremely successful in recent years. Invest time and energy into your own little branch of this business and you could potentially make a couple hundred extra every month.
Reviews From Other Distributors
Still on the fence about becoming a direct marketer with a company like Nu Skin? Here are some reviews from other distributors so you can get a feel for it.
“I love it because I worked when I wanted. When you decide to stop, you can, and you can pick it back up where you left off when it’s convenient for you. You’ll definitely receive what you put into it. I would recommend it to anyone who would want to do it.”
“A typical day at work is a typical day at home or on the road because it’s work from anywhere, which I strongly enjoy and love. I have learned so much.”
Join and Find Freedom
If you’re living in Spain and want the complete and total freedom to work and earn money from home, or want to get away from restrictive work schedules, consider joining Nu Skin Spain as a direct-marketing distributor.
We were recently interviewed for the When In Spain podcast, talking about moving to Spain with children. For those readers who follow our blog and social media posts, you will know that we share the truth about living in Spain. The good, the bag and the sometimes downright ugly.
For any newcomers, don’t be afaraid. There is always a solution to every situation. However, research and homework, in adundance, are essential for a successful relocation with or without children!
Pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and remember to send us your questions once you have listened to the interview.
Over to Paul, from th When In Spain podcast …
I talk to Lisa Sadleir who runs the Family Life in Spain blog about the practicalities of moving to Spain with children. Lisa has spent more than 20 years in Spain and has raised her own two children here and she’s also helped many other families make the move.
We examine all of the factors to consider when relocating as a family including which type of school to choose, state, private or bilingual. We run through the Spanish State education system and look at the pros and cons for the different schools available.
Lisa also shares her advice for helping your children integrate into Spanish culture and community and gives some tips for making the transition as stress-free as possible.
Lisa has also written a book called Moving to Spain which you can find on Amazon here. She also runs her own house finder service and relocation consultancy for anyone thinking about moving to the Málaga area of Spain. movetomalaga.com
Listen to the When In Spain podcast episode via the links below…
There are many advantages to moving abroad, and being able to enjoy plenty of sunshine year-round is one of them. Once you’re settled in your new home and have your house sorted, you can turn your attention to your outdoor living area and creating a simple garden.
Make the most of the Spanish sunshine with these tips for creating a simple garden…
1. Make it easy to maintain
Taking pride in your garden is a wonderful thing, but it can soon turn into a lot of work. Who wants to spend more time maintaining it than enjoying it? Keep things simple with some evergreen plants and consider installing a decking area to give you a seating area which is easy to look after.
Of course, there’s always the option of bringing in landscapers to help you maintain your garden, particularly if you have a lawn that needs regular cutting. This can also give you some peace of mind if you plan on travelling often.
2. Make it a place to relax
The Spanish lifestyle can be very chilled and laid-back, and your garden area can be the perfect place for you to embrace that. Having some comfy sun loungers and a seating area can help you enjoy your space day and night as you enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere. Don’t forget to take a look at different lighting options too so that you can enjoy your garden at night and make the most of those balmy evenings.
Why not check out some outdoor living trends to help you find some inspiration for decorating your space?
3. Invest in a pool
There aren’t many places in the UK that you’ll get much use out of an outdoor pool, but you’ll have plenty of opportunity in Spain. An outdoor pool is something you could get a lot of use out of, and is perfect for families – the kids will never be bored with their own pool! If your Spanish home doesn’t have one already, you should look at some quotations to help you start planning. You could always invest in a hot tub instead if space doesn’t allow for a pool.
4. Embrace Spanish living
When you move to Spain, you’re not just moving for the weather, you’re moving for the culture and lifestyle. The Spanish really know how to love and with a strong emphasis on family and socialising, you should make sure you make plenty of time to get together in your new home. Make friends with your neighbours, learn how to cook Spanish cuisine and bring elements of traditional Spanish living to your life.
Moving to Spain brings many benefits, and getting to enjoy the sunshine with your family is one of them. With a beautiful garden space, you’ll be able to embrace the incredible Spanish culture and make it feel like home. Think you’re ready to move overseas? Check out the A to Z of what you need to know about Spain and start making your living abroad dream come true.
Do you go with the flow or stand your ground and resist change?
I’ve never been a trend addict (except for a short “Townie” clothes phase back in the early 80’s), I’ve always done pretty much what I have wanted, worn what I feel comfortable in and bought things that make me smile or make my life easier in some way. But food, well that is a slightly different matter…
If you’d have told me, a few months ago, I’d be posting recipes for making scrummy Vegan Ferrero Rocher, vegan no cheese and dairy-free ice cream, I’d have laughed at you!
But, here I am. July 2019, amid what seems like a vegan revolution that has been growing for a few years and is gaining momentum at a great pace, about to tell you about these simple and scrummy Vegan Ferrero Rocher.
Before I share this simple and delicious treat with you, I must state that I am not vegan and have no intention of becoming vegan. However, I do believe it is a great compliment to our current Mediterranean style diet. Having been on a day course with www.vegetarianos.org, my eyes were opened to a whole new way of cooking. I have many new recipes that are improving our day to day eating habits. All easy to make and all super tasty.
NOTE: (Not all the recipes I have tested were tasty …. so they won’t be shared or repeated in our kitchen 😉 ) No matter how “healthy” something is, if it isn’t tasty, we don’t make it again. Simples!
How To Make Vegan Ferrero Rocher Style Energy Treats
70gtoasted hazelnuts or almonds
12- 15whole toasted hazelnutsfor centre
20gcrushed nuts (of your choice)for decoration
Blend the nuts until they form a fine powder, with no chunks.
Chop the dates and add to blender
Add cocoa powder
Blend all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
Using a dessertspoon to measure, make small balls of the mixture and insert a whole hazelnut into the centre. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl, over a saucepan of boiling water.
Cover the balls in chocolate and put on a plate to cool and set.
Sprinkle with crushed nuts or add crushed nuts to the melted chocolate (whichever you prefer!)
Leave to cool in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened.
Bookmark this page to keep up to date with the latest Dog Beaches Spain 2019. The Google map below is automatically updated. Every year, the website www.redcanina.es publishes an updated map of dog-friendly beaches around Spain.
Last year was a great year for dog lovers since there were more than 10 dog beaches that were enabled in the Spanish territory. The Valencian Community and Andalusia were the communities that allowed more beaches for dogs. Municipalities such as Torrevieja, Alboraya and Torrox, already have pet friendly beaches for this summer 2019. Whether you are planning to enjoy a beach holiday for this summer, or if you want to escape a weekend with your pet to enjoy the beach, here I leave the updated list of beaches to go with dog this year 2019.
A few years ago, the Coastal Law was amended to include the prohibition of dogs on beaches in the summer season. Since then, many municipalities have been encouraged to enable beaches for the enjoyment of bathers and their dogs (some better than others, everything must be said …)
For more information about beaches for dogs in Spain this summer 2019 (photos, schedules, how to get there, services etc), click on the icons in each location:
Our dogs love the beach and we are always looking for places we can enjoy with them. Here’s to a great summer and lots of beach time (within moderation of course 😉 ) with our furry friends!
Where is your favourite beach to enjoy with your dogs?
Mijas Costa is a beautiful stretch of coastline on the Costa Del Sol. Popular with holidaymakers, this whitewashed destination is perfect for any trip with family or friends. It holds a perfect mixture of tradition and culture, without leaving behind the beautiful beaches and stunning sea. But what if you decide you love it so much you want to move there?
Here are five factors to consider before making that brave step into the sun and moving to Mijas Costa
Moving to Mijas Costa proves to be a walk in the park (or on the beach) when it comes to the lifestyle. Found nestled between Fuengirola and the east Marbella resort of Cabopino, the area is full of a diverse range of restaurants, bars and shops.
Mijas Costa is approximately 25 km from the Malaga Airport, which works out as an easy 20-30 minute drive. It’s perfect for friends and family to come and visit throughout the year without long transfers and tiring journeys. A taxi would cost around €40.
There is a popular coastal walk to Fuengirola and over to Benalmadena which follows onto Torrequebrada. It is possible for walkers to venture all the way to Malaga if this is of interest – making for a great time to explore and discover new places.
Living in Majis Costa couldn’t be more relaxing, however this does make it a very popular area and properties don’t stay on the market for long before being snatched up. A property boom hit the area in the mid noughties when thousands of British and Irish property investors and lifestyle buyers flocked to the area.It is recommended to 100% commit to moving to Mijas Costa before property searching to avoid missing out on the perfect villa.
The good news is that there is a property for every budget, as prices vary largely in Mijas. A two bed property would set a buyer back by around €150,000, however it would not be a surprise for a more spacious 3 to 4 bedroom villa to be on the market for over €500,000. If you spot a great property at an even greater price in the area, it is advised the grab the opportunity with both hands. The area is very popular and many are constantly considering living in Costa Mijas.
3. Getting around
Leaving town to move somewhere where the sun shines is always a good idea, if it is possible to move around. Transport in Mijas Costa varies. A regular bus can be caught from nearby Fuengirola every 30 minutes which runs to a selection of beaches and towns. An overground train can also be caught in Fuengirola which runs a scenic route along the coast before reaching Malaga Capital. It also does a handy stop at the airport.
There is currently no train link which runs directly to Mijas Costa. A hire car is a good idea to get out and explore more of Costa Del Sol, but not essential to enjoy a lazy week in the sun and lazing around the pool.
Marbella is just a 15-minute drive away and inland pueblos of Mijas, Coín and Alhaurín el Grande are close by. Malaga City is around a 30-40 minutes leisurely drive which is the perfect distance for a day trip. If the kids are holding you back from living in Mijas Costa, don’t worry. It is home to many attractions for little ones, including its own water park complete with water slides, wave pools, play islands and body skiing slides.
Mijas also has its own auditorium which hosts concerts throughout the summer months and a free flamenco show takes place twice a week in the village square. An outdoor swimming pool can be found in Osunillas as well as a football pitch and indoor gymnasium. Beaches in Mijas Costa offer jet skiing, water-skiing and paragliding to keep every day fun. The destination is home to some of the best golf courses and nearby Miraflores Golf and Lawn Tennis Club comes highly recommended, providing entertainment for every age.
For a night out, the Hipódromo Race Course proves popular with a family-friendly atmosphere, live horse racing and entertainment shows in-between races.
5. Food and drink
The popularity of the area may not work in everyone’s favour for finding somewhere to live, but the wide variety of food and drink on offer makes moving to Mijas Costa amazing. A line of typical beach bars can be found built on the sand, locally known as chiringuitos. Favourites offered here include the local tapas. Spanish bars can be found sitting alongside Italian restaurants or even the odd cafe offering a full English breakfast. The choice of food available will never leave a disappointed face or an empty belly behind.
So moving to Mijas Costa is a perfect move for anyone looking for a popular area in the heart of Costa Del Sol.
The properties are hard to get hold of but once bought, never regretted. Activities are available for the entire family, from children’s water parks, play parks, sports clubs to golf courses.
Those who like their food will never be disappointed, with a range of Spanish, Indian, Argentinian, Chinese and British food on offer to keep tummies happy and full.
The area is accessible by train and bus from nearby Fuengirola and taxis are reasonably priced and highly accessible.
The amount of British and Irish people in the area create a friendly atmosphere but do not take away from the natural beauty and cosmopolitan feel of this lovely destination.
If you are thinking about moving to Mijas Costa, remember to consider housing, travel and financing and everything will fall into place.
You’re not far away from owning your dream holiday home in an aesthetically pleasing and bustling area now. Book a flight, visit the area, we can arrange for you to visit properties. See if the children will feel comfortable there and most importantly, try to imagine yourself there. If you can see yourself moving to Mijas Costa and spending all of your time in the sun, then we say go for it.
According to data from the Horticultural Trades Association, over two-thirds of British adults enjoy visiting a garden centre every year. This just goes to show how much the British love gardening. However, if you’ve recently moved from the UK to warmer parts of the world like Spain, you will have to change the way you garden.
Here are simple ways to create a garden for a warmer climate:
Research about the soil
The main soil type in Spain is clay. In the UK, clay is one of the most difficult soils to work with, but in Spain, it actually works really well. Droughts and extreme heat are much less damaging on clay soil than any other type of soil, which makes it easier for plants to germinate and grow healthily. The rainfall in Spain is also less than what Britain gets in a year, so your garden won’t be wet, clogged, and unmanageable.
Understand climactic changes
Climate patterns change frequently in most Mediterranean regions, which means in some areas summers could have rainstorms, while in others there could be extended periods of drought. It’s important to learn about the weather patterns where you live so you can effectively choose which seeds to plant.
Pick the right plants
The Mediterranean Garden Society has a list of some of the best hot weather plants you can easily grow in your new garden. One great example is Aloysia gratissima (known in southern Spain as La Faborita), which grows six to nine inches tall. It thrives in well-drained soil, and come spring its white flowers bloom to give your garden a calming vanilla smell. You can also plant some Bush Morning Glory, which has a beautiful, snowy lavender flower that blooms in summer.
Succulents are also a great choice. They grow best in places with sweltering heat and require very little maintenance. They also come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colours. You can spread them throughout your garden and even use them as decorations indoors.
The hot weather also makes it ideal to grow a huge variety of vegetables—from cabbages to root veggetables like carrots, parsnips, potatoes, artichokes, and beetroots.
Build a reliable water system
If you don’t water your plants regularly they will dry up fast, so make sure the water system you choose is reliable and efficient.
Watch out for plant pests and diseases
Remember that the warmer climate makes your plants more prone to pests and diseases. The head of RHS Advisory Services Guy Barter explained to the BBC that you need to choose your plants carefully to work with your gardening environment. Decompose your compost properly so that it doesn’t attract flies. Make sure you have a place for it where you can aerate and water it easily. Gardening experts say the larvae of the rose chafer beetle are often found in compost, and although they are not generally harmful to every plant in your garden, they can damage the plants you are growing in pots.
Protect yourself and your guests from the sun
You can’t very well enjoy your hard work if you can’t sit in your garden with a cool glass of wine and marvel at your blooming flowers. Take the warm weather as an opportunity to get the cosiest pieces of outdoor furniture, and create an inviting garden where you can entertain guests and have BBQs. Pergolas and gazebos are ideal for entertaining and will also be a nice focal point. Some of the pergolas on Screwfix are open air, and come with additional gazebo kits. A covered gazebo is preferable as it will provide good cover from the sun during the day and add to the overall look of your garden. You can also add climbing plants to the structure to make your chill out spots look even more attractive.
It’s also maybe worth considering joining gardening and home interior design events to get more inspiration about the best garden designs that work for the warmer weather. We wrote about one of the most sought-after events in Estepona, which featured a lot of practical advice from local Mediterranean gardeners and interior designers. Be sure to check if any of these events are happening near you. As long as you have all the right tools, there’s no limit to what you can do in your summer garden, especially if the weather is nice and sunny.