Guy's Garden

Plant that Garden!

I found a family of foxes living near the garden and it has been fun just observing their comings and goings. Thank goodness they don't eat veggies! I just planted pole beans, carrots, both long and short stubby varieties, radishes, parsley, and beets. Tomatoes and other…

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We're Ready!

We're ready! The seedlings that Guy planted are under grow light in the Ciao Italia basement! The garden has undergone a soil test; a good thing to do to see what you need to add in the way of nutirients to enrich your soil. Where do you get a soil test? From your local c…

As Ye Sow...

It is not too early to order Italian seeds for your garden. I already have and look forward to getting some of these seeds started in grow packs and giving them a head start under grow lights. That way I can harden them off by placing the seedings outside for a few hours …

Fertile Facts

I learn a lot from my husband Guy who you know has been the head gardener for Ciao Italia. And now that March is here, I want to share some of his words of wisdom with you. Did you know that late spring snow and rain are often referred to as "poor man's fertilizer' becau…

The Garden Sleeps - But Not For Long

Ah, February and the garden sleeps. Ours is covered in a nice white blanket of 18 inches of snow right now and the other day I inched my way up to it in my snowshoes just dreaming about spring and what I am planning on planting. One nifty thing I bought Guy for Christmas…

It's Seed Time

You know that it's January by the slew of garden catalogues inundating your mailbox. My husband Guy, the head Ciao Italia gardener is like a kid highlighting things in catalogues that he wants to try. On lazy, snowy Sunday mornings he can be found at the kitchen table so…

While to Do While The Garden Sleeps

Strewn with hickory nuts and covered in a thick blanket of oak leaves, the vegetable garden is just a mere shadow of its former glorious self. But we still have Italian zucca gialla (yellow squash) that I have made delicious zuppa di zucca gialla (yellow squash soup) from…

Garden Asleep

The Ciao Italia garden has now been officially put to bed for the winter, We cleaned it of all dead plants, and tilled the soil. The very last thing we harvested were the zucca gialla (yelow squash plants) with their ridged green skin that eventually turns yellow and its …

Not So Terrific Tomatoes

I spoke too soon. True, the last of the few tomatoes we had this year were beauties like the ones you see here. I had kept my eye on them all summer, gathering them when they were just the right hue of red and then raced to the kitchen to turn them into the best tomato s…

Terrific Tomatoes

We have a bumper crop of tomatoes once again! My favorites continue to be heirloom Brandywine, those big purplish pink beauties with a velvet texture, and Sweet One Hundred cherry tomatoes. In Italy, cherry tomatoes are called pomodorini and in the south where the temper…

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