Elephant tin time of year

26 Apr

Finally after all these weeks of cold and rainy weather we had a lovely sunny day.  Well at least half the day was sunny and warm.  In any case there was enough time to dig out our elephant tin full of seeds to plant for our upcoming orto (vegetable garden).Full of seeds from years past and new seeds collected over the last months.  And a few pairs of miniature garden gloves for those little gardening assistants we couldn’t do without.Making decisions about what to plant and preparing our seed-starter mini-serres for indoors.One of this year’s orto projects is planting as many different kinds of heirloom tomato plants as we can find.

Pink Thai Egg Tomatoes, Striped Stuffer Tomatoes and Fargo Yellow Pear Tomatoes.Snow White Cherry tomatoes, Black Brandywine tomatoes and Purple Cherry Chocolate tomatoes.

Piselli (sweet pea) is also a must.A little bit of water and a lot of luck and hopefully some of these plants will start sprouting soon.My salad bed (5 different kinds).  Anyone know if I planted them too closely together?


9 Responses to “Elephant tin time of year”

  1. Kat April 26, 2012 at 10:28 #

    Orto time! how fun to see the little seedlings sprouting out. 🙂

  2. alessandro ciapanna April 26, 2012 at 11:36 #

    orto time is by far the best time of the year in italy… and then you get all those goodies to eat and share 😉

  3. grammao April 26, 2012 at 12:55 #

    Given the tin, you should try planting peanuts – seriously. Might be fun. Lettuces look really good.

  4. juliedekeyzer April 26, 2012 at 14:33 #

    I love the tin!! Where did you get it? And all the popsicle-sticks … did you organize an All-you-can-eat-Italian-popsicle-fest? I love it!!

    • Jillian in Italy April 26, 2012 at 15:48 #

      I actually bought the popsicle sticks in Canada. But I like the idea of an all-you-can-eat-Italian-popsicle-fest!

  5. Sharon @ Discovering blog April 26, 2012 at 15:43 #

    Love the tin, and LOVE the colored popsicle sticks! What an awesome idea.

    • Jillian in Italy April 26, 2012 at 15:48 #

      Thanks Sharon. Now let’s just hope the seeds sprout. I’m having my doubts…

  6. classicplay April 27, 2012 at 21:27 #

    The colored popsicle sticks are so cheery! I adore them. Also that tin couldn’t be more charming if it tried.

    I’ve been wanting to start a garden. But it’s been 10 years and there’s still no garden. Once I grew a patch of carrots. That kind of counts, right?

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