Il Giardino

It is that time of year. The time for planting. All the surrounding farmers are hard at it. The winter wheat is already high.

The construction crew came last Monday to finally cart off the rest of the debris from the work. Now I can clean the terrace. Luther and I purchased two nice wood planters 80 cm long by 40 cm deep. I was going to put three tomatoes in each but changed my mind and ordered another planter so they can be two to each planter. These are the tomatoes I started as seeds. My house sitters helped tend them. They look good.😊

I also bought some grass for my pond. The fish, Quo and Qua, seem to like it.

The vivaio I found north of us (nursery) has lots of nice plants. Here is first my haul.

I have planted most of them.

Jalapeño and two basil plants
Sage. I have bad luck with sage.
Three lavenders. All my others died. No idea. Why. I got a white one too.

These are the orphan tomatoes. I think I’ll keep one but the other four will be adopted by my friend Elizabeth for her orto.

Happy to get everyone launched. Next up…flowers!

4 thoughts on “Il Giardino

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Melisso! So nice to hear from you! My sage always seems to die. Fried sage leaves, especially those really big ones are great. Happy cooking!

  2. Melissa Robertson

    Hi Nancy! I have serious plant and balcony envy! Funny about the sage, though. Yesterday, I noticed that my sage has gone bonkers. It survived the winter and now has suddenly taken over the entire planter. I’ve never seen sage leaves so large. Jury is out though re the flavor. I don’t typically use it very much in the summer but I guess I’ll be on the lookout for some new recipes!

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hey Matt, it has occurred to me that I’m lucky in that respect! Sorry about the lettuce 😢

  4. Matthew Daub

    Now you’re in your element! Glad to see you having so much fun in the new digs. Must be great to have so much outdoor space now, and you don’t have to worry about marauding critters. A groundhog just ate my lettuce almost to the ground.

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