Sunday, May 4, 2014

Enjoying our little piece of paradise.

One of the things I love about Italy is their passion for growing and gardening. One thing that I am so happy that we chose to do is get out and embrace the culture.

We moved 30 minutes from the base to get a larger house, have gorgeous mountain views, be away from other Americans, and embrace their lifestyle. Even though we still stand out as those Americans, they love seeing that we try. Even though we may look and feel silly about some things, the Italian embrace us for who we are. We all learn from each other and it's an amazing experience. Exactly the experience I wanted for our girls.

With it being the beginning of May, things are starting to bud all other the place. The grapes, the pears, the apples, the prunes, the cherries, the figs, the pomegranates, the mulberries, the roses, everything. Now that Mr. Man has some down time between classes, we are getting to work in the garden and finally plant. We've been working in the garden... doing the tilling and turning soil to prepare it. But now it's time to do the planting.

This weekend we have planted 12-15 strawberry plants, 5 zucchini plants, 5 sweet pumpkin plants, 5 summer squash, lots of radishes, green onions, leeks, chives, brussel sprouts, basil, and so on. I seriously can't even remember everything we've planted because it is so much! We still need to work on the onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and bell peppers. But that should come very soon!

It's such an exciting thing.. to see your hard work turn into deliciousness. Last year I canned so much, tomatoes, jellies, and so on. I made traditional pie after pie. It was such an amazing little journey. This year we decided to kick it up a notch, and we are filling our WHOLE garden with goodies. THE WHOLE THING!! Last year, we didn't even do half.

Pictures of some of the trees and things...

finally getting to ride.


E wanting to go for another ride.








apple tree

showing E the caterpillar

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you all are having an amazing time in Italy! I wish we could do a garden. I love and miss garden fresh fruit and Veggies.


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