• Rachel

We have a Vegetable Patch!

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Hey Guys

It's been a while but I'm here and that's the main thing. So much has happened since I last blogged. It's summer! We got through the first school year of being in Italy. My boys did so well. They not only passed the school year but they passed with honours. I couldn't be prouder of them. I got through the year too, which for me is an achievement. I swore at the beginning of this year that I would be a 'warrior mother' for them. If they can move to another country, go to school in a language that is not their mother tongue, make a whole new bunch of friends, while dealing with adolescence, then the least I can do is be the best mother I can possibly be.

I drove in our big black seven-seater chevrolet every evening, taxiing them to rugby, the gym and other places. I took them to various places with their friends at the weekends just so they could bond with the kids here. I did everything I could to support them. I am proud of myself too for getting through this first year.

Anyway, enough gushing. I am writing this blog post to tell you about something that has captured my heart. Just after Christmas, I joined a cooperative called "Ortinsieme" which literally means vegetable garden together. With the guidance of the landowner/manager of the Ortinsieme, I have managed to get an organic vegetable patch going. It's actually better than organic. We use nothing at all on our vegetables. We position the vegetables in strategic places to help deter insects and the like from eating the veggies. It's working!

Building the veggies boxes

That's me in the picture building my two veggies boxes, back in March. I build two boxes then filled them up with compost. We had to add an irrigation system because, unlike Ireland, it rarely rains here.

Here I am, very proud of myself having built one box. There was another one to go!

It took me hours of wheel-barrowing to fill these suckers up. Eventually, we were ready to plant the veggies.

The end product

We had two of these boxes. Now all we had to do was wait. We got so excited about planting veggies we did a row of tomatoes as well beside our boxes. See the pic below for our row of tomato plants. That's my son Matthew in the background. He loves the Orto as much as I do!

Our pow of tomato plants!

I just went to visit our veggies today and they are coming along nicely. Have a look below. Soon they'll be ready to eat!

Can you see the baby zuchino? It's the base of the flower.

All the plants we planted are flourishing. Maybe someday we can have a veggie meal together. I used to dream about growing organic veggies when we lived in Dublin.Even my houseplants used to die on me! I have to pinch myself sometimes when I see how much our lives have changed. I am so grateful for my life!

All my babies are growing!

Would this be your idea of the good life or would you go crazy in the countryside? Answers below please <3

Namaste my sweet people


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