Added by LaTavolaMarche | Wed 25 Mar 2009 @ 21:24
We\'ve gone from a few pots of herbs on our rooftop in Brooklyn to 1,000 meters squared of prime Italian soil!
For the past several months we have been preparing our vegetable garden or orto for our agriturismo (farm). We are sooooo excited to start growing our own veggies (in addition to the fruit & nut trees surrounding the house) - we\'ve already got fava, garlic & potatoes in the ground! Nearby farmers helped plow the land & turn the soil in exchange for a plate of prosciutto & pecorino cheese and a few bottles of beer!
We woke up after a nap to a big freebie - the farmers had comeback & mixed in manure! That would have taken forever to do by hand! A few weeks after that Jason & Gaggi tilled rows for the fava & garlic and planted the seeds.
The fence and the finishing touches its done! We hauled literally tons of rocks to place around the outside of the fence to prevent animals, especially the enormous porcupines from eating everything!
Once the weather is a bit warmer we will start planting the rest - from peppers, lettuces, of course tons of types of tomatoes, peas, beans, zucchini, pumpkins, herbs...the list goes on & on!
A BIG thanks to Dottore Gaggi (that\'s him in the picture), Rossana & Giorgio for all their help - we couldn\'t have done it without you- grazie mille!
Ahhh the garlic shoots are gorgeous - just checked on\'em!
This summer come & eat with us - from the farm to the table!