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In all probability, this time next year I will be in my new house in Corfu! It is in almost an acre of what is at the moment an olive orchard. I have been on amazon and could not find anything relevant to a new garden. The soil is; red, but that means almost nothing. I am a gardener of average knowledge but these days unfortunately, of limited ability due to a "bad back" Any ideas?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,278


    If you want to grow anthing else , I would see what the neighbours are growing. 

    Check if the soil is a sand and gravel mix (probably) or gorgeous loam(unlikely).

    Check the acidity or alkalinity.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,138

    If you haven't already read them, read Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy - his account of his idyllic childhood amongst the flora and fauna of Corfu.  It's not a book about gardening, but reading it will get your head set right - you will stop thinking about English country gardens etc and it will enable you to embrace the wild flowers and natural landscape of Corfu - all you need to do is to tame little bits of it around your house - when you are able and feel so inclined - the rest of the time you just sit in it - perfect for someone with a dodgy back - and when you're relaxing in the dappled shade of an ancient olive tree looking out across your acre of olive grove with the wildflowers dancing in the breeze, raise a glass of something to Dove image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,650

    I expect grapes, bougainvillea and citrus fruits would grow there. Otherwise, takes fidgetbones advice and see what the neighbours grow. Probably more exotic than here, but may have to survive drought.

    Anyway, good luck. Corfu is lovely. First went there for my honeymoon.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Lucky you Mistertiler,

    I would take my time,the olive orchard does not need to be dealt with all at once.TakeFidgetbones suggestion,look at the neighbours gardens,better still talk to them ,you never know they may give you some cuttings.image

    Local knowledge is best.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,138

    A friend in Cyprus says pomegranates grow well there and are gorgeous shrubs - I expect they'll grow in Corfu too image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you all, it's certainly food for thought.Oh and pomegranates do grow here, I've picked them in another piece of land I was shown also oranges.

  • Can anyone identify a tree from which I have the seed pod. I took it from a tree outside my apartment in; Gran Canaria many years ago. It is about 6 inches long and resembles a large pea pod. I still have it it sounds like a type of marracca? ( spelling)    musical instrument! I would send a picture but I have tried and tried all unsuccessfully.

  • If you've got the pic on your pc, then click on the tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I know that lemons grow on Corfu. When young, stayed in the youth hostel and got locked out at night. Remembered that there was a lemon tree outside our first floor window. Set off up the trunk and onto the lowest bough. Discovered that lemon trees have thorns. Never tried to climb another one since. Never got locked out either.image



    Does anyone know what this shrub is? I was given a cutting 2 years ago and now it is 5 feet tall. The lady who gave it to me said  she thought it was called a Hymalayan Fuschia? But I can't find any reference to that name,



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