Gardening Tip: How to Plant Your Own Spice Garden

Remember Todi, our gardener? He spends all day between the two masserias and the beachclub to look after the gardens and plants. After the winter there was a lot to cut down, to replant and to adjust. Now that spring has arrived Todi concentrates on planting and sowing all over the place… The spice garden at Massera Torre Coccaro itself is worth a stroll, so beautiful is it, with all the different herbs like mint, rosemary or basil to smell, taste and try!

We asked Todi to show us how to prepare a professional little herb garden for the balcony or an outdoor terrace, for we like the idea of having all the useful herbs for mediterranean cuisine handy. What’s easier than jumping outside to pick a few basil leves or a fresh Pasta alla Crudaiola? Or to pick a bunch of mints for a homemade Mojito? See, that’s why…

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Gardening Tip & Recipe: Prickly Pears

Todi Tagani, chef gardener of Masseria Torre Coccaro and Maizza, explains why and how to cut cactus plants in the winter: “The plants seem to actually long for this kind of treatment: It gives them space to breath and refresh before the next long and hot summer. Another reason to cut them down every winter (while the plants are kind of “sleeping”) is the quality of the fruit: Only well treated, regularly cut plants will develop a big and tasty, juicy prickley pear.”

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