WHAT IS COMPOST USED FOR? Compost is a natural fertilizer and is necessary for enriching the ground, making it more fertile and productive. Differently from chemical fertilizers, compost is environmentally friendly. It is also an ecological and wise method of dealing with organic waste that would otherwise end up burned or in dumps. Adding compost […]
Vignamaggio’s garden was created in the late ’20es by Elena and Bino Sanminiatelli. The couple wished to connect the villa to the forest, enclosing the building within a natural frame, according to the principles of a typical renaissance garden, which took the place of the fruit orchards and wheat that were there before. In 2014, […]
During the holidays there is always an onslaught of meat and fish, roasted and stuffed. We thought that the vegetables in our vegetable gardens also deserve a place on the dinner tables of special occasions. The base we started with is a simple radicchio and pomegranate salad: other than being delicious and in season, the […]
Christmas is almost upon us, and just like every year, we find ourselves looking for ideas and inspiration to decorate our homes and ways to celebrate with those dear to us. For our Christmas table centrepiece, it was to Cristiano that we turned again. He created a simple centrepiece that is really easy to make. […]
Grdener Gilles taught us how to make some beautiful Christmas decorations using only a pair of secateurs, some string and a few things found on a stroll through the forest. Our Gardener Cristiano recreated a simple version of this Christmas wreath for us, that you can make yourself, and we have documented each step to share with you.
With the long Winter finally over, it’s time for vegetable planting in Vignamaggio’s organic vegetable garden, the Pomario, flanking the villa’s renaissance garden. Vignamaggio’s vegetable garden supplies the restaurant with vegetables and herbs, and perhaps most importantly, the tomatoes we find in so many summer dishes. In fact, the Pomario can boast 5 varieties of […]
Anyone who has been to Tuscany will have noticed that none of the gardens of the great villas scattered throughout the territory would be complete without big terracotta pots containing lemon trees, big and small. The Medici’s first set this trend in 1500. These exotic plants quickly became ornamental items to show off in the […]
The Insect Hotel of Vignamaggio is created from an old oak barrel. It provides a home to pollinators and pest controllers, recreating a micro-habitat offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects during winter. What do we need? Oak, arbutus or juniper wood This beauty was made by Simone, our gardener. Simone & la […]