Monthly Gardening Tips

Summer harvests
Rooftop gardening
Like every summer, it's been difficult to find the time to publish my harvest one by one, so I will post some of them now. Tomatoes have been really satisfying: my favourite...

(Ita) Erbe aromatiche a Febbraio

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November gardening tips: autumn tasks
Rooftop gardening
This September I sowed some spring onion, and yesterday I added some soil to blanche them. I already talked of onion blanching in the post Ishikura Bunching Onion. This is...

July gardening tips: Summer harvests
Rooftop gardening
I begin to harvest and store aromatic herbs in May, and many are already stored in jars. In the picture: thyme, marjoram, cinnamon basil, burnet. I dried burnet to try it as...

May gardening tips: Harvesting aromatic herbs
Rooftop gardening
During May and it's time to harvest and store aromatic herbs. Every year I harvest the herbs for my Mediterranean Aromatic Mixture: in the picture rosemary, scarlet sage, sage...

(Ita) Aprile in terrazzo: trapianti, semine, raccolti e altri lavori

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Last winter harvests
Rooftop gardening
On my rooftop many plants sown last autumn are giving the last harvest. These are the last carrots: red carrots. They are red-pink on the outside, with a bright white...

January gardening tips: winter harvests
Rooftop gardening
I finally have a lot of winter purslane, aka miners lettuce: it has heart shaped, fleshy leaves, that I used for some sandwiches. I love cress recipes, and this year I tried...

(Ita) Erbe aromatiche a Dicembre

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November gardening tips: rooftop harvest
Rooftop gardening
Winter approaches and the weather is getting worse. I'm harvesting peppers and chilies from summer plants, and radishes and herbs sown in the autumn. The autumn chilies are...

Aromatic herbs in November
Growing aromatic herbs
It's a warm autumn, many aromatic herbs are still producing fresh leaves, and some are even blooming. The chervil sowed the last month is ready to be harvested. Chervil has a...

Chilies and aromatic herbs October harvest
Rooftop gardening
I sowed a lot of plants this autumn, and while a lot of summer plants still continue to produce, some of those sown last month are ready to be harvested. Peppers and chilies...

Autumn sowings and harvests
Rooftop gardening
The weather is fantastically hot, and both plants in production and those sown in September are doing very well. I harvested leaves from different varieties of basil I'm...

May gardening tips: harvest promises
Rooftop gardening
I'm already harvesting some aromatic herbs and greens, but in May it's always fun to look all the new plants, and hope to harvest them soon. Look this tiny gherkin. This year...

March gardening tips: spring tasks
Rooftop gardening
Last week I realized that spring had finally arrived, and that there was no time to lose. During the weekend I completed the indoor sowing, almost finished the outdoor sowing,...

(Ita) Erbe aromatiche a Gennaio

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Aromatic herbs in October
Growing aromatic herbs
The weather remains warm, and my aromatic herbs finally kissed by the rain offer new harvests. In October some of the herbs sowed last month have already been born, although I...

September gardening tips: Harvest & Sowing
Rooftop gardening
The main September tasks are irrigation, the first autumn sowings and harvesting... My chili harvest: top row, from left: the Aji Amarillo (used in the Peruvian Chili Sauce),...

Aromatic herbs in September
Growing aromatic herbs
The summer is ending and many herbs have finished their annual life cycle, or are about to complete it, while many others free from excessive heat produces tender and large...

August gardening tips: The holidays
Rooftop gardening
During the summer the plants grown in containers need to be watered more often than those in the garden, and leave the plants during the holidays can be a problem... this is an...

(Ita) Erbe aromatiche ad Agosto

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August gardening tips: Harvest festival
Harvest and Store
During July and August the harvest reaches its peak, and it's time to store or cook all products from our plants, avoiding waste. This year I chose to grow many vegetables in the...

Aromatic herbs in July
Growing aromatic herbs
With the the increasing heat of summer many aromatic herbs are bolting, their leaves becomes different in shape and aroma, and shouldn't be harvested anymore. Pennyroyal can be...

July gardening tips: It's harvest time!
Harvest and Store
During the weekend I manage my garden and rooftop products, storing or cooking them. Here's my harvest, along with some ideas, recipes and suggestions. Rainbow chards and...

Aromatic herbs in June
Growing aromatic herbs
It's not too hot, and many aromatic herbs seems to enjoy it. It's time to harvest & store, see the post: Storing sage Storing rosemary Storing thyme Storing dandelion...

(Ita) Maggio in terrazzo: primi raccolti e gestione delle piante

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Aromatic herbs in May
Growing aromatic herbs
It's an unusual May here in Sicily, cold and rainy, and all aromatic herbs are late: seeds take a long time to germinate, and perennial plants are recovering slowly. I cross my...

Aromatic herbs in April
Growing aromatic herbs
Aromatic herbs during April offers small harvests, and requires water and some care. Dandelion has new tender leaves, that can be eaten raw during spring. I sowed some more...

Aromatic herbs in March
Growing aromatic herbs
A walk among the aromatic herbs and herbal teas at the beginning of spring: harvests, small tasks, and future promises. Horse mint has been productive throughout the winter and...

February gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
In February it's still time of protected sowing and limited harvests of aromatic herbs. It's also time to think about spring, fertilize and prepare the soil for the new...

January gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
During January many chili growers choose to sow and grow plants indoor. With the method described for the chili sowing, I already sowed tomatoes, chilies, bell peppers,...

December gardening tips: Winter gardening
Rooftop gardening
In September I sowed some curley leaf parsley and it will be ready to harvest soon. I also sowed many pennyroyal seeds, and everyone seems to have sprouted! These are Yellow...

December gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
In December, sometimes you almost forgot to have a garden, especially in case of frost. There are many fruit and vegetables that can be harvested during autumn and winter, and you...

November gardening tips: Time to rest
Rooftop gardening
Although in November many plants are still productive, during this month I like to stop and think about the past season, with its successes and failures, and start to make plans...

November gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
In November, the activities in the garden finally slows down: harvests decrease, irrigation is almost useless and annual plants are dying and can be composted. It's a good time...

October gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
It's autumn, but there's still work to do in the garden: sowings, harvests, protecting the plants. The harvest Nettle leaves are tender in October and November, and could be...

September gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
Autumn is near: it's time to harvest, but also to sow the new plants for the winter. Saving seeds Remember to save seeds, to use them the next spring, or to give them...

July and August gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
During summer, remember always to water the plants. Chilies All chilies are producing many pods: harvest them ripe or unripe, store or eat them, and don't forget to save the...

June gardening tips: The harvest begins
Rooftop gardening
Summer is here and the main tasks on the rooftop are watering and harvesting. Remeber to water constantly, because an hot day could kill or seriously damage the plants. However,...

May and June gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
Late spring top tasks are harvesting, watering and weeding. Drying aromatic herbs Some tips for drying aromatic herbs: - wash the leaves - dry them with a kitchen towel -...

April gardening tips: Outdoor sowing
Growing aromatic herbs
A couple of weeks ago I sowed some plants directly outdoor. See also April gardening tips and seed to sow. This Chicory is called zuccherina, it means sugar-like. This is...

April gardening tips: Harvests and repottings
Rooftop gardening
Rooftop gardening during April is mostly a repotting business, while the first harvests will make us happy. Tomatoes, peppers, chilies and aubergines can be growed in...

April gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
It's finally April and the harvest begins... but it's still time to sow and transplant. Let's see April top gardening tasks. April harvest All mint varieties, balm and catnip...

April gardening tips: Chives garlic division
Growing aromatic herbs
I love Chives Garlic (Nira), but it's really difficult to grow it by seed, so I decided to propagate it by division like I did for the lemon grass. Every plant develops a...

March gardening tips: A new season begins
Rooftop gardening
March is here and there's lot of work to do, in the rooftop as in the garden. Some winter plants are ready to be harvested, and you can start to sow directly and to transplant...

March gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
Let's see March top gardening tasks. It's warmer, and last year plants are emerging from winter dormancy. Take a look at the last year chili peppers. If it's not too hot,...

(Ita) Marzo in giardino: Risveglio vegetativo

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February harvest
Harvest and store
February can be a sad month, in my garden there's almost nothing to harvest: winter plants are dead and other plants are too young or still in dormancy. My coriander sowed in...

February gardening tips: Preparing the pots
Rooftop gardening
Rooftop gardening is an extreme solution for many growers that can't use a garden, but it can be really satisfying: you will be amazed by your flowers, aromatic herbs, chili...

January harvest
Harvest and store
January's harvested is limited to winter vegetables and a few plants and aromatic herbs. A small harvest: lemons, lettuce, dill, arugula, celery, nira and many mild chilies. I...

January gardening tips: Sowing garlic
Winter tasks
I planned to sow garlic last November, but you know how it happens, two months just passed and I sowed it in January. Some tips for growing garlic. Choose bigger cloves, and...

December harvest
Harvest and store
In December you can harvest many autumn and winter vegetables. I must admit that I tried some of them, but only few survived. I'm still harvesting fresh lettuce...

November harvest
Harvest and Store
Summer seems really far in November, but some plants give us limited harvests, and many others are ready just now. Summer and autumn taste can be mixed, like in this fresh...

November gardening tips: design, plan, thank
Enjoy growing
It's time to stop and think about the last year: satisfying and disappointing plants, mistakes and possible solutions, new plants that we want to try. I've already started to...

November gardening tips: Protecting plants from winter
Winter tasks
It's time to protect the plants from the winter, before the frost could damage them. Indoor The easiest way to protect the plants is to bring them indoor. This is necessary...

October harvest
Harvest and Store
Plants sowed in spring and perennial plants Chilies can be harvested all autumn long if the weather is good. They will produce smaller and milder pods than summer...

October gardening tips: Winter salads
Rooftop gardening
I tried many times to grow lettuce from seed: Icy, American Brown, Canasta... I seeded them in spring, but the all the young plants died during summer. I sow them in autumn,...

(Ita) Ottobre in giardino: tutte le semine autunnali

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September gardening tips: Seed harvest, the last harvest
Saving seeds
It's time to harvest seeds. When a plant bolts like the parsley in the picture, it produces different shaped leaves, no longer tasty, so don't use them if you aren't...

August gardening tips: Harvest festival
Harvest and Store
Holidays are over, this was my personal harvest festival: Aromatic herbs from my garden; basil, marjoram, sage, balm, tarragon, green shishito peppers and the beautiful lemon...

July gardening tips: Aromatic herbs, blooming
Growing aromatic herbs
My pregnancy is in the so called blooming period, and my plants are blooming too. Tiny or giant, some flowers die after a day, others are harvested... and all are...

April gardening tips: The harvest begins
Harvest and prepare
It's harvest time for chamomile: rake the flower heads from the plants at intervals. The flowers should be rapidly dried in the shade. Read also: Storing Chamomile. Gather...

(Ita) Febbraio in giardino: propagazione per talea

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(Ita) Gennaio in giardino: coltura protetta

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(Ita) Gennaio in giardino: il giardino d'inverno

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(Ita) Ottobre in giardino: talee di rosmarino, lavanda, ginepro

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(Ita) Ottobre in giardino: il raccolto

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Saffron flowers
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