The lavender project: a new home for the bees

the Lavender project was born in the spring of 2018, when we asked ourselves before a good bottle of wine if we really wanted to forget that we were not only this strange combination of farmers and hosts, but also architects. 

The patch of land in front of Casafredda had serious problems of hydro-geological origins and so, taking advantage of the good season, we initially dealt with the arrangement of the ditches. Since we have long been oriented towards the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture, we then decompacted the soil with the use of a ripper, thus allowing the natural elements to penetrate deeply into the ground.

After letting the soil rest for the whole summer we sowed it at the beginning of autumn with fava beans. In early spring 2019, whit the fava beens starting picking up after winter, we planted 11 lime trees along the adjoining road, and few weeks later, when the fava plants were in full bloom, we mulched them and integrated their green manure into the soil.

Again we let the ground rest until autumn, when the 2500 cuttings prepared by Silphionker, the biological nursery of our friend Marta, were finally ready.

After squaring the plot of land, we traced the 40 rows that received the 4 selected lavender varieties: Abrialis, Grosso, Rinaldo Ceroni, and Sumiens. Now we know that we will have to fight a battle of at least two years with weeds, leaving the time and space needed for our little girls to grow strong and lush.

From summer 2021 onward we should begin to enjoy our efforts and who knows, maybe one day in the middle of that flowering field many small and happy bees will also find their new, sweet and safe home.

 

After all, Rome wasn't build in a day :)