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Green tomatoes from the vegetable garden – chutney time?

Green tomatoes from the vegetable garden – chutney time?

As we move into the third week in October,  the weather is gradually changing and cooler nights are arriving. In fact this week the first smell of wood smoke was noticeable in Barga Vecchia as people started to feel the encroaching winter and light their fires and stoves. The giornaledibarganews weather forecaster, David Sesto  tells […]

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Vegetable garden – maize – Formenton otto file

Vegetable garden – maize – Formenton otto file

Finally a semi-decent crop from the giornaledibarganews vegetable garden.  This afternoon there was a time enough and the weather was kind enough to pick  this year’s crop of Formenton otto file –  the 8-row maize (Zea Mays) of Garfagnana, locally also known as “Formentone” which was once widely cultivated throughout the valley, exclusively for use […]

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Vegetable garden – will this year be the last ?

Vegetable garden – will this year be the last ?

So the summer has been and gone, and what a summer it was too but now the nights are drawing in and the autumn is upon us, We have slightly more time to sit down and write a couple of articles about the vegetable garden  and to bring everybody back up to speed after a […]

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The vegetable garden – steady as she goes

The vegetable garden – steady as she goes

So as we move into the second week of July, things are gradually starting to look a little bit more ” vegetable like” in the giornaledibarganews vegetable garden. The tomato plants and now all coming up to shoulder height and starting to show a few greentomatoes hidden in the foliage. The secret weapon which we […]

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Time for the secret weapon on the vegetable garden

Time for the secret weapon on the vegetable garden

Time for the secret weapon on the vegetable garden – rabbit droppings. For a number of weeks there has been a pet rabbit living on the terrace here in Barga Vecchia. In fact, sharp eyed readers might have noticed the rabbit cam that has been active on the terrace all this month (Rabbit cam is […]

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Tomato plants left outside the library

Tomato plants left outside the library

A nice surprise when the Giornaledibarganews  library was opened  this morning in Piazza Angelio in Barga Vecchia,   along with a couple of books that somebody had donated to the library, was a small plastic bucket containing 20 sturdy tomato plants. These too were donations, this time for the Giornaledibarganews vegetable garden – more articles here. […]

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Things are gradually growing (and being eaten)

Things are gradually growing (and being eaten)

So what has been happening in the giornaledibarganews vegetable garden?  Actually,  not a lot really. Most of the main planting and seeding has been done and this last month the weather has not been all that kind for growing. The giornaledibarganews vegetable garden  is down in a valley and temperatures at night time have been […]

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Grey bamboo, red ants and water siphons

Grey bamboo, red ants and water siphons

The continuing good weather has meant that it was possible for another full day of work on the vegetable garden in a last gasp attempt to catch up on some of the time has been lost due to bad weather earlier this season. Another large patch of the field was this morning dug over by […]

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Downsizing and death by electrocution

Downsizing and death by electrocution

Downsizing and death by electrocution – now there is a title for an article about a vegetable garden that you will not read every day.  Downsizing and death by electrocution just what on earth is going on? Okay let’s deal with the downsizing first.  This morning I went to my local supplier of plants further […]

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50 kg of seed potatoes

50 kg of seed potatoes

Not just late, very, very late … but finally the giornaledibarganews vegetable garden actually has something vegetable in the ground – 50 kilos of seed potatoes to be precise. But first the area had to be secured against the marauding porcupines.  Wooden posts were put up and an electric fence strung up around the field. […]

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Work starts (finally) on the vegetable garden

Work starts (finally) on the vegetable garden

Back in February 2009 we published an article at the start of the project that was to become the giornaledibarganews vegetable garden. In that article we wrote the following words:  Gradually the economic problems besetting world finances and markets starts to make itself felt here in Barga. The “happy island” is not immune after all. […]

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Primavera… tempo di orti, anche nelle scuole

Primavera… tempo di orti, anche nelle scuole

Qualche tempo fa, quando la primavera sembrava essere arrivata con grande anticipo sono iniziati i lavori nell’Orto delle Meraviglie, l’orto della scuola dell’infanzia di Nave, poco fuori Lucca. Da qualche giorno la primavera sembra esser stata stregata e il clima è tornato decisamente più fresco, sebbene siano arrivate piogge davvero necessarie. E’ in questo contesto […]