We have made excellent progress on the vegetable garden. Over the weekend Marinella and I turned earth, returned earth, weeded and seeded. Now we have planted two furrows of tomatoes, dug holes for squash and eggplant and spread manure and compost throughout the freshly turned earth. We feel quite accomplished, yet there is more work to be done. Today i turned compost piles, moving one from the plastic bin, that has been laying in fermentation for about a year to two open aired bins. The first pile that was in the bin was not getting enough oxygen so it was very wet. It was taking much longer to become dirt/compost. So my big task today was to take all the weeds and brush that we have been collecting on and off and thoroughly turn three piles of compost. Now they are cooking in the open, getting smelly. Tomorrow we are heading down the hill to a local market to buy seedling starters for lettuce, squash and some flowers to plant in pots. Hopefully the tomatoes that we planted will germinate, however we may need to buy some sprouts just in case.
Fun fact: Marinella refuses to buy fresh tomatoes that are imported. In fact she doesn’t buy any fruit or veg that is imported. Almost all fruits and vegetables are grown in Italy.