We are heading towards winter but so far we had very mild days and the weather has been fantastic over in Northern Italy. Autumn is a good time to plant veggies like peas, garlic, cauliflower, chicory, lettuce, onion and cabbage.
We spent a day helping my dad sowing vegetables. Italians have a love affair with garlic including myself. I always add at least a couple of cloves to my bowl of radicchio or to cooked greenies like green beans. Garlic has the power to lift and bring to life any dish.
We started off by digging the soil. This is hard work.
Then we prepared the soil with a little fertilizer. This helps in giving back to the soil essential nutrients needed for the growth of plants.
We cover up with soil and then we prepare the garlic for sowing by separating the cloves
And we bury them into the soil. We have used a long yarn to make sure we plant the garlic in a straight line.
we cover up and we water well
Now let’s plant the peas.
After digging and preparing the soil we make a straight line with the help of a stick.
And we plant the peas. Granddad is showing how.
And now it is our turn..
In the meantime a bright caterpillar is peeping among the fennel leaves
We put sticks in so when the pea plants grow they can climb on them
We picked the last tomatoes of the season. These are green but they will ripen over time. We don’t want to waste precious homegrown vegetables.
We could also find the last borlotti beans of the season! These are fantastic to make minestrone!
Oh.. and whilst we were there we could grab a few persimmons
Look at the parsley. This is highly perfumed compared to what you get in a supermarket
There is cabbage
And someone has found a new furry friend
We enjoyed spending time in the countryside. It is hard work and certainly tiring but you do feel good afterwards!