This section, we believe, will be useful a little for everyone: for those who have a passion for garden cultivation and are already quite informed on the operations to be carried out but want to learn new ones, for those who approach or want to approach for the first time cultivation of a vegetable garden of his own and for those who are only curious to know how to grow, for example, a courgette, a pepper, an asparagus etc., the soil they need, the harvest season and other information concerning the vegetables that all of us eat a little or a lot.
Through the various articles that make up this section, we will tell you about most of the vegetables that, almost every day, we bring to our tables. We will explain in general the single vegetable, its varieties that we find on the market and those that are not widely cultivated but still deserve to be mentioned, ... continue
continue ..., the composition of the optimal soil, the techniques used and the best ones to use for cultivation both in large spaces and in our home garden, the properties that the various vegetables may have and, lastly, not least, there we will inform you of the various diseases and parasites that can attack them and the possible remedies.
Eggplants, tomatoes, spring onions, radicchio, basil, how many vegetables can be grown! A small piece of land near our homes is enough and here, with great satisfaction, following simple steps and putting effort and passion, we will see the result of our commitment and care grow and develop.
Recent studies state that those who cultivate the vegetable garden and take care of flowers and plants can have their life extended by about two years, this result is especially true for people who are no longer very young; in fact, cultivating vegetable gardens and gardens is considered a sporting activity, and we all know how important it is to continue enjoying excellent health.
Even in ancient times, man has always let himself be fascinated by the moon, in its changes he read luck and misfortune, happiness and sadness. For American Indians, for example, it was useful for calculating time and their behaviors and ways of acting were influenced by its phases. The French of the past associated with the moon a person with bizarre and unpredictable behavior.
In our country, some peasant traditions that we use and still quote today, say that those born on a Monday have a moody character, while those who are in a bad mood have the moon.
The people who lived in the countryside, on the other hand, have always believed that the phases of the moon influenced their crops and their farms, in fact, the "lunar" were also placed in the markets which reported the days of the months and the phases of the moon.
The two most important moons were that of March and that of September: the weather during these months was said to have done so for seven successive moons.
There are also many ancient traditions of the various Italian regions that refer to the moon: in Abruzzo, for example, it is believed that by rubbing a leek with the hands, it disappears in the phase up to the new moon phase; whoever has freckles, birthmarks and other spots on his face, just look at the moon and touch them as if to clean them, in the moment of new moon they will disappear. In Friuli, those who have calluses just rub them with a bone at the time of the new moon and, within fifteen days, the callus will disappear.
A popular belief still used today is to cut old moon hair so that it does not grow back too quickly.
Most farmers follow the lunar phases for the different stages of cultivation: sowing, planting, harvesting, grafting, pruning, etc. During the waxing moon it will be advisable to sow, transplant flowers, plant hedges and shrubs, while during the waning moon you will have to prune the hedges. With regard to crops in the garden, peppers, aubergines and tomatoes sown in the waning moon phase, will be smaller but in a much higher number. Transplants of basil, tomato, lettuce, cabbage, celery, onion, etc., should be done with a crescent moon, so that they take root more quickly; even the first fruits of the garden are obtained with a growing moon.
As is known, both in the countryside and in the city, to understand the phases of the moon in a simple way, we observe the "hump", those of us who have not said at least once "hump to the west, crescent moon" or "hump to the east" , falling moon"!
As for the cutting of the hay, it should be done at the waning moon, in this way its conservation will be better but it will dry out in a longer time. According to tradition, sowing for fodder and cereals should be done in the waxing moon phase.
The moon is also very important for grapes, if pressed with a growing moon, fermentation will take place in a shorter time, while with a waning moon the time will be longer. Finally, to have a sparkling wine, it will be advisable to bottle at a crescent moon.
Of course, each of us is free to believe or not believe, but it seemed curious and interesting to us, in the presentation of this section, to also include a little of our history and our tradition.
If you intend to dedicate yourself to the care of your garden, some tools will be indispensable.
The hoe is one of the fundamental tools to be able to break the clods of soil into small parts and prepare it in this way for the next steps.
The spade serves as well as the hoe to work the soil before sowing. Important is the quality of the tool material, the steel of the blade and the wood of the handle. Poor materials could cause minor hand injuries and break easily.
The scissors, useful for harvesting the fruits of your garden, must always be at hand. Also in this case, the quality of the materials is essential to avoid experiencing cuts and injuries.
Finally, the rake, often considered of little importance, turns out to be a fundamental ally when cleaning the surface from weeds and unnecessary soil residues. Thanks to our advice and suggestions, it will be possible to consciously choose the most suitable products to grow in our garden. Productivity also depends on other factors such as the type of soil, the environment in which we find ourselves and the weather conditions. Only if we take care of these aspects will our garden be able to give us its fruits!