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Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

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Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

Post Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 3:17 pm

Any recommendations for landscappers in the Algarve? What about shops around central/Western Algarve that I purchase bulk plants and maybe get them a little cheaper. Also we do not have a cisterna. Is this madness? It came down to money. I thought you use a cisterna for watering the garden and if the water stopped for the toilets. My husband tells me it is just for the toilets and nothing to do with watering the garden. If the water is not used for watering the garden is there any other way to harness the rain water other than old fashioned water butts and guttering. (Yes I know we are not in the UK so there are not likely to be much guttering/downpipes). Confused

 

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Re: Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

Post Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 3:50 pm

Not having a cisterna is false economy. It's possible to be independent from the mains for seven or eight months a year. We have two, each of 50,000 litres and we use water from it to supply the house, irrigate the garden and top up the pool until about the end of July with wonderful soft (free) rainwater. We have guttering on the house and we grab a 100 tons of water through the winter months. (Annual rainfall is approximately 1m3 per m2 in the Algarve). I am seriously considering building another 50,000 litre cisterna when we do our next building project.

There are plenty of wholesale nurseries that will do a deal on bulk plants (see yellow pages) a favourite is Sulflor in Motecarapacho. It depends really on where you are in the Algarve as does your choice of landscape gardener.

 

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Re: Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

Post Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 7:10 pm

MrBife
We are in Caroeiro. So I guess I must have been right and my hubby wrong. We have a great place to install a cisterna as the builder has to build up part of the garden in front of the bedrooms. However the builder is likely to charge us a fortune to change the build. Also do you know if you need permission from the Camera. We have a very difficult architect and if we change anything he will cause us untold problems which I will not go into. Thanks. Yvette Cool

 

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Re: Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

Post Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 7:24 pm

MrBife
We are in Caroeiro. So I guess I must have been right and my hubby wrong. We have a great place to install a cisterna as the builder has to build up part of the garden in front of the bedrooms. However the builder is likely to charge us a fortune to change the build. Also do you know if you need permission from the Camera. We have a very difficult architect and if we change anything he will cause us untold problems which I will not go into. Thanks. Yvette Cool

 

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Re: Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

Post Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 9:16 pm

- Yvette

We have a very difficult architect and if we change anything he will cause us untold problems which I will not go into.



Sounds like the first thing to change then Smile He should be on your side !

 

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Re: Landscapping & nurseries & cisternas

Post Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:43 pm

You have a pm about a landscape gardener NOT to use !

 

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