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Signs of Summer

3 Jun

The warm weather has officially arrived  over here in Northern Italy and we’ve been very busy enjoying all the the activities and things that come with it.  Seeds have been sown, the treehouse has been installed, stone pathways amongst the vegetable patches laid, the citronella candles and torches dug out and my beloved tuquoise weber dusted off and placed in it’s home for the summer (outside my kitchen door).  Spirits are high around here.
My 50 year old rose plants that are found all over my garden are in full bloom and absolutely lovely.   This vase is actually a peach juice can that I (insisted) on bringing back from a vending machine in Japan.  The colours are so soft and romantic – perfect to display a rose or two.

The weather is finally nice enough to sit in the garden with a glass of iced tea and a favorite cookbook.  This is one of my favorite things about summer.  

My first batch of lettuce is ready to be eaten.  Five different kinds and enough to feed the entire town where I live.  And the plants that the escaped chickens enjoyed a few weeks ago have miraculously grown back.
Time of year to invite friends over to hang out and eat in the garden surrounded by millions of our mosquito friends.  There is a lot of laughing, chatting and slapping (mosquitos) done on these occasions. Get recipe for these most delicious mini brownies here.

It is the season to make many beverages.  Limeade, lemonade, homemade orangina and raspberry squash.
Kids had their first lemonade stand this week.  The locals still don’t really know how to deal with the whole thing.  They stop and say “che bello”, give some money then head off without any lemonade.  One guy even told them they should be selling wine instead.  Nico thought it was a really good idea.

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?

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