Vegetables & Fruit

Rocket flower
The surprising flowers
Spring is coming and my Esmee rocket is blooming. It has big, white flowers, and I let them on the plant to harvest the seeds. Many other vegetables and aromatic herbs are...

(Ita) Varietà: Spinaci da tutto il mondo

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Radish flowers
The surprising flowers
Like every year, during September I planted many herbs and vegetables suited to the cold season: coriander, dill, parsley, radishes, carrots, beets... Surprisingly, a radish...

(Ita) Voglio provare... gli spinaci indiani

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(Ita) Voglio provare... gli spinaci della Nuova Zelanda

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Gardener's Delight tomato
Rooftop gardening
Gardener's Delight tomato is a variety of red cherry whose name is well deserved: it is an early variety and extremely productive. The pods are round, about 3 cm large, and...

Leek flower
The surprising flowers
Some leeks were bolting and I let them grow to see the flowers. They are similar to onion flowers, white and very fragrant. The surprising flowers: flowers of aromatic...

Potato flower
The surprising flowers
I'm sure that this is the most unexpected flower from my surprising flowers: a potato flower. The surprising flowers: flowers of aromatic herbs, vegetables and spontaneous...

Winter Over onion flower
The surprising flowers
I didn't harvest one of the Winter Over onions sown last fall to let it bolt, and it bloomed. Onion flowers are white, round shaped, and with a sweet aroma. During summer...

March gardening tips: the harvest
Rooftop gardening
I'm harvesting the last carrots, beets and parsnips from the autumn sowing. I used my beets for another omelette similar to the Baby Beetroots Omelette cooked last...

(Ita) Voglio provare... il cavolo d'Abissinia

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Texel flower
The surprising flowers
Last year I sowed some texel plants: it has rounded leaves, with a flavor reminiscent of cabbage, to be eaten raw or cooked. Now it's bolted and blooming. The surprising...

The collector's garden: Deep purple beetroots
The collector's garden
Growing beetroots in your garden will give you a lot of satisfaction. There are many varieties of beetroots, usually with deep purple roots, but also of different...

(Ita) Preparare in casa i germogli di lenticchie

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Senshyu yellow Japanese onion
Rooftop gardening
Last spring I sowed some Senshyu onions, japanese yellow onions on my rooftop. I harvested the first ones, leaving the others to grow. I had already grown Senshyu onions,...

(Ita) Preparare in casa i germogli di ramolaccio

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(Ita) Preparare in casa i germogli di soia

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Young plants: Daikon
Rooftop gardening
I have already sown autumn plants and daikon was among the first to sprout. The newborn plant is very similar to mustard, horseradish and radishes. The daikon is a variety...

(Ita) Voglio provare... piante insolite e rare

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(Ita) Voglio provare... il fagiolo di Goa

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(Ita) Varietà: Cipolle e cipollette dal mondo

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(Ita) Pomodori che passione

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(Ita) Voglio provare... la pastinaca

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(Ita) Coltivare le melanzane in balcone e in terrazzo

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Miniature cauliflower
Rooftop gardening
I'm always looking for something new to grow, and this fall I bought some snowball cauliflower seeds, suitable for the production miniature harvests. The mini cauliflowers are...

Ishikura bunching onion
Rooftop gardening
Last summer I grown some Ishikura bunching onion on my rooftop. I wanted to blanche it, so I sow the seeds in a tall pot, filled with only 10 cm of soil. After about a month...

Young plants: Chioggia beetroot
Rooftop gardening
In my autumn sowing i sowed many root vegetables: my carrots and radishes of many colours, the swede, parsnip, turnip and two beetroots. This is Chioggia beetroot young...

Young plants: Swede
Rooftop gardening
I sowed many herbs and vegetables this autumn, and some of them are new for me. These are yound swede plants, and I'm very curious about them. One year ago: October...

(Ita) Varietà: Giallo pomodoro

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Bear Claw tomato flower
The surprising flowers
Last year my rooftop tomatoes have filled me with satisfaction, and this year I chose several tomatoes to grow. I always prefer to try new varieties, and the Bear Claw is the...

Young plants: Salsify
Enjoy growing
Young Sandwich Island salsify plants. One year ago: Aromatic Herbs in May Two years ago: Vol-au-vent with Chicken Curry Threee years ago: Garden design becomes...

Yellow strawberries
Rooftop gardening
Last spring I sowed some yellow strawberries, and while harvesting some herbs in January I saw some tiny strawberries almost white, and I thought they were still unripe. Later...

Apricot flower
I fiori che non vi aspettate
Spring is finally here! I have a a dwarf apricot tree on my rooftop since last year, and this spring it's finally blooming. The surprising flowers: flowers of aromatic...

Young plants: Ky pickles
Rooftop gardening
Young Ky pickles plant, first true leaf. One year ago: Green Rice with Winter Pesto Two years ago: Young plants: Okra Four years ago: Aromatic spring risotto...

(Ita) Voglio provare... la melanzana bianca

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(Ita) Erbe aromatiche, pomodori e peperoncini che verranno...

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(Ita) Voglio provare... la melanzana Rossa di Rotonda

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(Ita) Voglio provare... la mini zucca Jack Be Little

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October gardening tips: Autumn harvest
Harvest and Store
I sowed many plants on the rooftop during September, most of the seeds have sprouted and are now ready to be harvested. These are French Breakfast radishes, crisp and tasty and...

(Ita) Un tocco di oriente

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(Ita) Voglio provare... le coste rabarbaro

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(Ita) Voglio provare... il kiwano

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(Ita) Pomodoro Ciliegino Nero (Cherry Black)

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Black Aztec corn flower
The surprising flowers
A few years ago I tried to grow corn, but my garden is too shady, besides cats decided that the young corn plants with their rough leaves were tasty, and have devoured all of...

Armenian Cucumber on the rooftop
Rooftop gardening
When I decided to grow some plants of cucumber on my rooftop, I chose mostly small-fruit varieties, suitable for growing in containers... Watching this armenian cucumber grow...

Caper flowers
The surprising flowers
Near my house there's a caper plant, sometimes I check it to compare it to the -much smaller-one I am growing in my rooftop. Capers are the plant buds. If allowed to flower...

Lemon Plum tomato flower
The surprising flowers
The tomato plants are similar, even if they will produce different varieties of fruits, and flowers are always star shaped, with delicate yellow petals. They are not particularly...

(Ita) Coltivare curiosità in terrazzo

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Rooftop apricots
Rooftop gardening
Rooftop gardening has been so satisfying that I decided to try something new: dwarf fruit trees, smaller varieties that can be growed in pots. This is the new arrived: a dwarf...

The collector's garden: Discover radishes
The collector's garden
I started to grow radishes a couple of years ago, but instead of growing always the same -although delicious- red and round radishes, I tried new varieties because I was curious...

The collector's garden: Colored carrots
The collector's garden
I like to collect different varieties of plant and I wanted to create a serie of post about my plant collections, The collector's garden. The first post is about my harvest of...

Broccoli rabe flower
The surprising flowers
I started to post photos of surprising flowers for the joy of seeing gorgeous flowers from plants grown for their fruits or leaves. I admit I have forgotten to harvest this...

Watermelon radish
Rooftop gardening
This fall I planted some colourful cultivars: purple carrots, rainbow chards... and radish watermelon, so named because its cross section resemble the color of a...

Colourful sowing in autumn
Rooftop gardening
I always discover new plants that I would like to grow every year... but in the rooftop the space is limited, and this require some hard choices and a bit of planning. This year...

White aubergine flower
The surprising flowers
Everytime that a vegetable, aromatic herb or spontaneous herb shows a gorgeous flower I enjoy it and take some pictures. This is one of the surprising flowers: white aubergine...

(Ita) Coltivare i pomodori in balcone e in terrazzo

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Young plants: Okra
Enjoy growing
I'm growing okra, hoping to harvest enough to prepare a gumbo. Two years ago: Aromatic spring risotto ...

(Ita) Coltivare ravanelli e ramolacci in terrazzo

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My first white eggplant
Rooftop gardening
My first white eggplant is growing fast, in only two days! You might like all the white eggplant recipes. One year ago: Green purslane salad with oregano...

A miniaturized harvest: pears and carrots from my garden
Enjoy growing
This year I sow some yellow carrots. Only two plants survived, and they're really yellow and tasty. As you can see from the picture (it's in centimetres, not inches), they're...

Green Zebra Stripe Tomatoes
Rooftop gardening
My first Green Zebra Stripe Tomato, with their peculiar stripes. The ripe fruits are green and orange. The pulp of the ripe fruits is bright green. Read...

Tomatoes over the top!
Rooftop gardening
My Green Zebra Stripe Tomato plant it's finally blooming, and has bright yellow flowers. Looking under the leaves, I found this unripe Corleone tomato: don't hide, I'm glad...

Garden design becomes reality
Enjoy growing
Like last year I made a design of my 2009 garden: Aromatic Herbs Leaf Vegetables Root vegetables Chilies Other Now all plants have been transplanted, seeds sprouted...

Radishes: the harvest
Rooftop gardening
I like radishes, and this winter I tryed to grow them in pots. After two months from the sowing, they produced some big roots. Radish Burro, round and tender. Radish...

Winter potatoes
Winter tasks
Last year I composted some potato peels, which generate some plants. They born again in autumn and I let them be. Looking at the pots, I find a winter harvest. I did't know...

Autumn sowing: winter radishes
Autumn Sowing
Winter Black radish sprouted in a week. It will produce black roots, white inside. Sowed a month ago, black mustard will be soon ready to be harvested. The tender leaves are...

Another strange weed
Enjoy growing
After the Mimosa Pudica (sensitive plant) sprouted as a weed, another unexpected plant surprised me. This year I start to compost: leaves, paper, kitchen crap... for example...

(Ita) Coltivazione fuori stagione: è solo un test...

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