Bragging Rights

4 Aug

Let’s begin with this amazing photo:

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This is one tomato from our orto, one of hundreds I might add, in a garden that might be about 12 feet wide and 60-70 feet long. I’ll measure next time as I am curious myself!

As you might recall, we built cane trellises for the much-anticipated tomato plant growth, but who would ever have guessed that Carlo would eventually have to add an overhead cane trellis?

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The garden has done incredibly well under the watchful eyes of Carlo and Fernanda, but in truth, the true bragging rights belong to the Italian soil!

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There is much advice available on how to plant a garden in Italy, including testing the soil and adding nutrients, but we did none of these other than till the land well. Luckily for us, our soil type and pH must be near perfect, but then this is Tuscany.

Len recalls that we bought 12 tomato plants total, of 3-4 different types. After we left a local family nursery, however, we realized that we didn’t have any idea which was which, as they don’t put those nice little white tags on each plant. So watching our garden grow had extra elements of daily surprise. And grow it did – more so than we had ever imagined.
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Now grant you, size and quantity alone do not spell success. And thus far, I’ve had to rely on the smiles and photos from our friends who have eaten from our (ok, their) garden. But I suspect, from our conversations and the photos, that the taste will actually surpass my expectations.

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Other than the soil composition, the only added products have been patience, sunshine, water and love. Talk about organic!

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Stay tuned for my upcoming taste test results. And Memo to Me: wear a dark shirt as I already visualize a delicious burst of tomato seeds when I bite my first pomodoro ciliegino (cherry tomato!).

Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

8 Responses to “Bragging Rights”

  1. Patricia Hughes August 4, 2016 at 2:53 PM #

    Not long till you’re there eating them yourselves! A tiny bit envious! Xx

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    • blogginginitaly August 4, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

      Wish you’d be there too!

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      • Patricia Hughes August 4, 2016 at 3:07 PM #

        I’m afraid I don’t think I will be. Won’t be there till November, I don’t think. Uffa! X

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  2. karenincalabria August 4, 2016 at 3:54 PM #

    Wow and wow! A much deserved brag!

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  3. jean August 4, 2016 at 4:19 PM #

    Can you save us some for us when we meet in October? Really, Judy, you have to move there. You could grow all your own food 🙂

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  4. Royce Larsen August 8, 2016 at 9:07 PM #

    Thanks for the update
    I only wish I shared your passion for the fruit
    Hardly can await for the taste test

    Liked by 1 person

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