Gardening near Calañas


Helpx experiences gardening in Calañas

Stayed with another lovely family on a farm near the town. Calañas is located amongst the very familiar landscape of red soil and eucalyptus trees, in the unfamiliar (for us) south of Spain. While there, I learned a lot about gardening in a drier, hotter climate than Somerset or the Granite Belt. Some aspects of tending to the garden were a bit familiar, but in other ways, vastly different. The climate can support snakes and frogs…

Spent a lot of time in the garden, planting orange trees, weeding garlic, creating new garden beds and tending to the salad greens in the poly tunnel. We stayed long enough to see the salad seeds sprout! Planted a lot of salad greens like mustard, turnip and feldsalat (lamb’s lettuce). Also planted tomatoes, capsicum, garlic, radishes, leeks, avocados and a few types of beans. On the rainy day, we stayed in to pickle capsicums and make marmalade.


So excited to be able to work in the garden and see effort amount to result. And it was a beautiful place to spend some time helping a bunch of wonderful folks. There is a breed of dog over here that has six toes on each back foot and the softest coat, called a masteen, or Spanish mastiff. Very sweet, relaxed personality!

Had a magical time overall. Lots of vulture spotting, sunny days, and relaxed nights in Calañas!

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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8 Responses to Gardening near Calañas

  1. Jonno says:

    Great post, sounds such a lovely place and a great experience. We’re currently in the middle of a Helpx stay in Suffolk UK and it’s been fabulous. An incredible way to travel and meet new people for less.

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