Thanks to the kindness of our neighbours, who ploughed the piece of land for us, we now have a vegetable garden or "Orto". In fact, we have picked and eaten our first crop which was broadbeans ("fave").We cooked them under instructions from a friend from Florence - fry an onion in a little olive oil, add the beans, some diced, fresh tomatoes, pepper & salt. Cover and cook gently for about 15 mins. They were delicious....well, pretty good. Apart from the broadbeans, we have garlic, onions (planted too close together our neighbour told me!), zucchini, eggplant, silverbeet, beetroot, pumpkin, lettuce and tomatoes (two sorts). It's very exciting watching the vegetables grow although I could do without the weeding and killing the slugs!