Early experimentations: Vegetable gardens in Italy

From May 14th to 16th, Explora, in collaboration with the Comprehensive School CLAUDIO ABBADO-SCUOLA DELL’INFANZIA ERMENEGILDO PISTELLI and the Department of Agricultural and Food Science and Technology (DISTAL) of theAlma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, organised an in-house training session whose aim was to create the first vegetable gardens on the ground and off the ground.

The training session, carried out by Nicola Michelon and Lucrezia Pacheco Battista, involved the Museum staff (exhibits and education), teachers and the school partner’s janitor and provided basic technical knowledge needed to create the first pilot vegetable gardens: substrate and soil characteristics, basic concepts of exposure, watering, and soil, different species of plants, macro and micro elements, how to detect shortages of calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus.

After a theoretical introduction, the first two vegetable gardens were set up in wooden boxes. Then, a hands-on training followed which was focused on how to create a vegetable garden and transplant vegetables, and then set up fertilisation, watering and maintenance management.