It's our link with the land, sinking our hands into the soil and finding the cycle of life. Farming, in its most noble and pure form, has always been the way of life at Pratello, teaching us to know and respect the seasons and thus to distinguish them from climate change. Here we grow with love, and the vegetable garden is the direct outcome of this philosophy. In recent years it has been developed and extended, with the addition of polytunnels which enable us to bring forward or postpone certain crops. Our passion has led us to seek out neglected and little-known cultivars, keeping alive colours and shapes which would otherwise be forgotten. The work is done by hand, using manure to fertilise the soil and weeds removed by hoe. We experiment new crops such as the purple potato, the black tomato and red basil, but above all to rediscover ancient species, delicious but now forgotten, like the jujube, the loquat, the kaki, rampion, wild radicchio and many more. Every single product grown in the vegetable garden finds its way onto the guest house menu to delight the most exacting palates.