Next Matt brought me over to his perfect vegetable garden. It is beautiful, weed free, in perfect rows, and everything is producing magnificently! The Settipani's grow lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, bush beans, zucchini and garlic in the veggie garden (and have strawberries, parsley and basil in hanging pots.) The lettuce has all been harvested, and in it's place Matt has planted another crop of bush beans, so he will have continuous beans for several months.
The Settipani's have been married for 31 years, and have been gardening since they were first married. Mary Lou's father, Jerry Scola was an avid gardener, and taught Matt and Mary Lou how to have a successful city garden. Mary Lou shared how her dad, a Gloucester fisherman, used to bring home the fish remains to fertilize his garden. What those old school gardeners knew, we are all learning again, I swear by Neptune's Harvest Fertilizer, same idea!
I asked Matt and Mary Lou what it was about gardening that kept them at it all of these years. Matt said he enjoys spending time outside, and how it helps clear his mind. Mary Lou was of a similar opinion, "It is like a breath of fresh air for my brain" she said. Before I left, the Settipani's gave me two lovely green peppers right from the garden, oh and they were quite tasty for dinner the next day!
Matt and Mary Lou have promised to share some of their zucchini recipes with us, so look for them posting here soon! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality Matt & Mary Lou, and sharing your garden with us!!!!