How Does our Orto (Garden) Grow?

17 Aug

With warm sunny days, sufficient rainfall, and tender loving care, “our” garden grew from this at the end of April…

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to this in August!

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After giving a thumbs up to the garden’s success, Len decided to take in some sun and enjoy a Toscano, a small Italian cigar (that actually doesn’t smell bad),

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while Fernanda and I were ready to pick, baskets in hand.

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We filled our baskets with three of the four varieties we had planted…

Ciliegino (Cherry)

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San Marzano

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Camone

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and the not quite ready, Cuore di Bue (Beef Steak)

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We also picked susine (plums) from the brimming trees that not only keep the orto from scorching in the summer sun,

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but also provide fruit for delicious marmellata.

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Then it was time for our “casual” county lunch ~

Our Al Fresco Menu included:
freshly cut prosciutto and sliced melon;
hand-picked tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and garden basil;
just cooked porchetta from the market;
cannelloni beans sautéed in fresh tomatoes;
Toscana Rosso di Montalcino

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Talk about farm to table –  and so much more rewarding since we are the planters, pickers and very fortunate eaters!

After lunch, it was time for some serious relaxation.

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Little did we know two years ago how incredibly rewarding this small garden would be. How does our garden grow? Well, we may not be experts, and the local farmers still offer much advice, but for us, everything about the orto is perfectly wonderful, perfectly delicious, and so proudly our own doing. We just can’t help but smile!

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Ciao,
Judy

 

 

18 Responses to “How Does our Orto (Garden) Grow?”

  1. Anne August 17, 2018 at 10:35 AM #

    You two look like you’re right where you belong! Right at home. Italia!

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    • blogginginitaly August 17, 2018 at 11:20 AM #

      If it looks and feels like home, it must be home, right?! Hugs!

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  2. Royce Larsen August 17, 2018 at 10:56 AM #

    I don’t think it gets any better than what you have!
    Thank you

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  3. jeanfromcalifornia August 17, 2018 at 11:28 AM #

    Oooo is that a thin slicer Fernanda is using? I must check that out! Sadly we will miss you and Len this year but the fun-loving Goldhars will be in our place. See you in 2019!

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    • blogginginitaly August 18, 2018 at 3:19 AM #

      Every Italian woman we know has a slicer at home! And yes, we have many plans with the Gs. To next year!

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  4. Debs August 17, 2018 at 12:24 PM #

    There is NOTHING more satisfying than eating that which you sow! Ahhh the taste of a tomatoes still warm from the sun is a bit of heaven. You guys look 10 years younger when you’re over there!

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    • blogginginitaly August 18, 2018 at 3:22 AM #

      You are so right, and also one of the few people I know that can grow just about anything! As for the 10 years, yikes, we better never go back!!

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  5. faclarsen@aol.com August 17, 2018 at 1:18 PM #

    So wonderful !!!

    Florence C. Connelly faclarsen@aol.com

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  6. Yvonne wilson August 17, 2018 at 2:20 PM #

    What a great day! Thank you for sharing, miss you and Cortona, love to you both (and Len also of course)!

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  7. jane gately August 17, 2018 at 2:26 PM #

    What a beautiful garden and such a stunning view!

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    • blogginginitaly August 18, 2018 at 3:26 AM #

      I know, I could look at that view all day long…the garden is in the country but a stones throw from town. Can’t beat that!

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  8. Lyn Douglas August 17, 2018 at 3:01 PM #

    That is amazing. What a treat. It all looks so good

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  9. Bobbie Morgan August 18, 2018 at 9:55 PM #

    You two seem to have the magic touch. The orto looks amazing again!! See you in a few weeks!

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