Time rushes on as it always does; crops come and finish and I haven’t written about what we’re eating for a while.
Broad beans and peas produced a decent crop, all I really want is some nice fresh vegetables that are different from the ones we’ve been eating; there were enough to freeze a couple of kilograms to add to soups and sauces. I picked peas to eat fresh, but there were always more than we needed so these were frozen and I added to their bags on every occasion that I picked. Continue reading
My tomato plants were very tall and leggy; I decided the only solution was to plant them in the ground despite a couple of nights of low temperatures and high winds had been forecast. Continue reading
Yesterday was a lovely day for working out in the garden. It was overcast with only a very slight breeze. It is strange that one of the things I really disliked about England was that often the cloud cover seemed to be low enough to touch my head but here cloudy, dull days are so rare that I now actively enjoy them; but here the cloud is much higher so it never feels as oppressive.
I spent some time tying in the small sized tomatoes. I have to report that the hail on Easter Saturday did more damage than I had first thought; all of the leaves that had shown spot damage just after the hail are now yellow with huge black marks. I will definitely not plant out the tomatoes so early next year, even though the plants have put on lots of healthy new growth, I think they would be further advanced had I planted out larger plants later. Hail can happen at any time here so planting late won’t necessarily save the crop being damaged. Continue reading
I think I may have mentioned on more than one occasion that Italy has extremes of weather! When it rains it is in torrents; when it is windy it is gale force (it throws our heavy caste iron chairs to the ground); when it’s hot, it burns. But Friday was a surprise to everyone.