Orto Update

24 Jul

Just over three months ago, we planted an orto, or vegetable garden, in our friend’s yard in Tuscany. https://blogginginitaly.com/2016/04/22/planting-an-orto/

We decided on zucchini, peppers, onions, and of course, tomatoes. And just to be sure our tomatoes would grow, we built cane trellises for them. No slouches here. Last April 22, the orto looked like this:

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Despite several spring hail storms, and thanks to the watchful coaxing of Fernanda and Carlo, the plants flourished in the fertile Tuscan soil. Each week, we anxiously awaited our photo progress reports.

Tomatoes and onions

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Peppers

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Carlo adding another row of cane

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And just three months later, here are some of the amazing fruits of our labor.

Large and small tomatoes over six feet tall!

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And bright zucchini blossoms loving the sunshine.

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The beautiful yard is also full of fruit trees, especially susine or plum trees, perfect for making marmellata di susine or plum jam.

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Needless to say, lots of serious picking going on these days…

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and of course, lots of delicious eating…

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and an assurance from our friends that there will still be much to pick and eat when we return.

Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

8 Responses to “Orto Update”

  1. Sally July 24, 2016 at 6:30 PM #

    Judy,
    Beautiful and yummy!
    New to your blog and love it!
    We need to talk about an upcomomg trip, could u help out with plans on rental car and house in Cortona?

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  2. karenincalabria July 24, 2016 at 6:52 PM #

    Spectacular – you should be so proud! And at the very least you’ll have some excellent homemade tomato sauce the next time you’re there
    The zucchini flowers look so good…

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  3. Royce Larsen July 24, 2016 at 9:32 PM #

    Excellent example of grower to market
    The advantage of knowing everything that is in it or on it
    Would like to duplicate your effort in the NW
    Thanks for the update

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    • blogginginitaly July 24, 2016 at 9:43 PM #

      You definitely should plant a garden there…I’m sure it would be rewarding.

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  4. Jean Mathieson-Guest July 25, 2016 at 6:04 PM #

    Lovely produce. Last year we picked the last of Lapos tomatoes and made the mistake of picking an itty bitty red pepper. WOW! Look out for those!
    Sending a pix to you of our best wishes to you and Len for this year’s fall trip.

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  5. stellalucentellc August 1, 2016 at 5:54 AM #

    Meraviglioso! You’ve created my dream garden! Wish I were there to taste those delicious looking tomatoes!

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