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 -14°C a few nights ago. Just now in the sunshine it's
around 17°C. During the summer months the mid-day temperature can hit
42°C 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
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
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
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
I see that you speak Italian, se volesse fammi qualche consiglio nella
bella lingua La prego di farlo pure, sarebbe un grande piacere.
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?
> finally in a position to turn our attention to the garden.
> below zero; it was -14°C a few nights ago. Just now in the sunshine it's
> around 17°C. During the summer months the mid-day temperature can hit
> 42°C which is hot even for me!
> about to start creating rockeries etc., (the garden contains a number of
> summer heat but I don't want to have a garden full of Ice plants!
> economical approach?
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
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
The mind is like a parachute it is totally useless
unless its open
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