The Italian Gardener

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Growing your own garlic – Plant garlic in early spring, dreaming of Sicily

Spring arrives quite early in Southern California, and I am always excited when I feel the new welcome warmth and the smell of the newly turned earth...
Better Summer Care Makes Better Tomatoes

Better Summer Care Makes Better Tomatoes

The hottest days of summer are almost here, and the tomatoes are setting fruits; it is important now to water, fertilize, and stake the plants so...
Asparagus, a Promise for Spring

Asparagus, a Promise for Spring

Good gardeners always prepare for what the future will bring them. Now is the time to prepare for those succulent asparagus spears that will appear...
Thyme plants

Three Pre-eminent Italian Herbs. Mint-Oregano-Thyme

Fall is here and winter is about to begin, so it is time to go a bit inward, and what better way to do so than to grow some Italian herbs indoors. I...
How Italian agricolture became one of the greenest in Europe

How Italian agricolture became one of the greenest in Europe

Milan Expo is happening and there are many chances to learn especially about Italy its food. According to Coldiretti, the Italian agriculture is...
The Fresh Scents of Spring: planting Freesias Flower

The Fresh Scents of Spring: planting Freesias Flower

The scents of Freesias in springtime are like the first kisses of ones life. The scent is fresh, exhilarating, and filled with energy. The scent of...
Geneses of Limoncello, Capri, Amalfi, Sorrento, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Geneses of Limoncello: one of the biggest Italian culinary tradition

Capri, Sorrento, and Amalfi have agreed to disagree on the birthplace of Limoncello. Its unique, inimitable flavor has become one of Italy’s biggest...
Infiorate, Italian flower festivals, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Infiorate: the Italian tradition of flower art festivals

Spring is coming to an end, and Italy celebrates the last days of the season with the traditional flower art festivals called Infiorate. From Sicily...
View of Rome from Pincio (The Pincian Hill). Photo credit: Eve Andresson

Ottorino Respighi and The Pines of Rome

Walking up the gentle hills to the Villa Borghese one has an immediate recollection of Respighi’s music that evokes images and feelings of the same...
Sicilian fir tree

The Sicilian Fir Tree

All of us want to preserve and continue our culture, and parts of that culture include the plants that our countrymen knew and appreciated. We...
The Italian Cypress, Image of Italy, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Adding Class and Beauty to any Landscape – Italian Cypress An Image of Italy

There are trees that imbed themselves in our individual imagination as well as in the collective images of our minds. I feel this way about Vincent...
The ancient Arabs called their retorts or Alembics of distillation Cucurcabits

The Alchemy of Gardens-Transformation

I have long imagined since childhood that the garden and all of its living creatures—plants and animals—is a place where the elements of earth, air,...
Svalbard Global Seed Vault located on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle

Saving Seeds for the Future

When mankind discovered that seeds fed him and his family, and also could be saved to insure another year of planting and survival, he achieved a...

Laurel, Alloro - The Tree of Renown

In the distant past, Laurel or bay trees covered most of Europe in deep forests. Then the last ice age wiped most of them out, and today there are...

Great Cities Create Vibrant Botanical Gardens

Great and ancient cities have two important things or institutions in common: fine symphony orchestras and beautiful botanical gardens. Both...

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