View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Gardening the Emirates

You’ve got to be joking! Planting a garden when we’ve got in the UAE, searing heat that reaches 50 degrees Celsius, dehydrating winds, 90% humidity, a maximum of 4 inches of rain per year, which evaporates by the morning and you haven’t seen our soil—if you can call it that!

Author and gardener Eric Moore, has written a practical and informative book entitled Gardening in the Middle East, which has specific guidelines for gardening the Emirates. It is written as a Dummies Guide to Gardening but it has shovel loads of information and pictures you can use to select your plants and trees when you are at the nursery or plant shop.

A more extensive review of this book, which is yet another volume rooted in this region, can be found at Reviewing Books and Movies.

Geoff Pound

Image: Front Cover of Gardening in the Middle East.