As the saying goes, nature abhors straight lines and vacuums. Gardening contrastingly comes down ultimately to:
• paucity of vacuums bigger than air and moisture pore spaces;
• respect for depths straight down and distances straight across.
Gardeners generally envision nature therefore as nurtured into:
• cavities to be filled;
• clearings to be organized.
The above-mentioned deep truths get the attention of peninsular Italy’s best known and most beloved wise villager, Strega Nona of Calabria. Grandma Witch Nona indeed has no trouble in adhering to the basic gardening rule of cultivating orderly plantings in the appropriate places at the correct times. Why is it not surprising that the rule passes right over Big Anthony’s head in “Strega Nona’s Harvest”?