Hello From italy

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum and also to gardening! I wish my old dad were here to advise me, he had extremely green thumbs!
I live with my wife in central Italy and after seven years we are finally in a position to turn our attention to the garden.
At the moment the nights are clear and the temperature drops to well below zero; it was -14C a few nights ago. Just now in the sunshine it's around 17C. During the summer months the mid-day temperature can hit 42C which is hot even for me!
The question is what would folks recommend for bedding plants - I am about to start creating rockeries etc., (the garden contains a number of slopes).
Over the years we've found that Ice Plants are the best at surviving the summer heat but I don't want to have a garden full of Ice plants!
The garden faces south East.
I'm thinking along the lines of growing from seed - is that the most economical approach?
Any help would be very gratefully received.
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Abruzzo Clive


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On 2011-01-18, Abruzzo Clive wrote:

Wow, the temp sure varies. How is it in the summer, the lows mostly? I don't think that roses would survive the winters. I can be wrong. Do a search on Google for some perineals that would.

Can you make some terraces? That would keep the water from washing out your hard work. I assume you have rocky soil.

What do you want to grow?

I'm sure you will receive lots.
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Any help would be very gratefully received.

I'm sure he will too, but I'm frankly puzzled why he doesn't ask around locally(oh, maybe he did?)
The people in that area would have experience, non e vero? Also, aren't there any nurseries or garden stores in the area? And/or garden clubs?
HB
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Higgs Boson;910397 Wrote:

I'm sorry for the delay in replying I didn't receive an e-mail from the forum telling me that there were replies.
The situation here is a little odd - if I were in England then yes my neighbours would be the first port of call. Here in rural Italy it's somewhat different - no one is particularly interested in growing anything flower orientated other than Geraniums. We have tried Geraniums on a couple of occasions but unfortunately the sun scorches them.
The people here are all small-holders spending all of their time tending their vines and olive groves etc. They would consider a flower bed as something utterly frivolous - flower beds don't produce anything you can eat!
I see that you speak Italian, se volesse fammi qualche consiglio nella bella lingua La prego di farlo pure, sarebbe un grande piacere.
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Abruzzo Clive wrote:

:)

do you have any local garden societies you can look to for help? a local greenhouse or garden center can be helpful. check your directory for master gardeners associations, agricultural extention agencies, also ask around (friends, co-workers, church, police, social clubs, etc).
also, look around the neighborhood at the yards and see who has what you like, introduce yourself and ask them for help. bring cookies. :)
most gardeners love to talk about their plants and often have clones/sprouts/extras to give away.
the more plants that you use that are adapted to your climate the easier it is to take care of them and this avoids the troubles brought on by irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. it also tends to be less expensive in the long run.
as you gain more experience you can add more difficult things to worry about.
are you planning on growing vegetables, greens or fruits in some of the beds?
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Abruzzo Clive;910321 Wrote: > Hi everyone,

> to advise me, he had extremely green thumbs!

> finally in a position to turn our attention to the garden.

> below zero; it was -14C a few nights ago. Just now in the sunshine it's > around 17C. During the summer months the mid-day temperature can hit > 42C which is hot even for me!

> about to start creating rockeries etc., (the garden contains a number of > slopes).

> summer heat but I don't want to have a garden full of Ice plants!

> economical approach?

Hi Abruzzo,
A lot depends on how long you are prepared to wait to get results, growing from seed allows you to select only the strongest seedlings for planting out. However this method requires that you are prepared to wait to see the end results.
Not knowing your financial status you may want to cultivate your own food to offset ever rising food costs. It would be advisable to download a crop rotation plan if you wish to cultivate your own food.
In this world of ever diminishing oil resources it may well be that you should acquaint yourself with the methods of cultivating crops. It is said that 2012 is the year when the world begins using more oil than is being produced.
The geographic location of your house would suggest that it would be good for the purpose of planting crops. There are many sites which you can access online, however it is up to plan for the future that you see unfolding.
uriel13
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