Saturday, September 12, 2015

The "Heaviest" Document in the Vatican's Secret Library ? The Borghese Libri mastri



The Vatican Secret Archives is famous all over the world not only for the antiquity, quantity and typology of its documents (some even dating back to the 8th century AD), but also for the bulk of some of them.
The entirety of documents (nearly 630 archive fonds) treasured by the Vatican Archives is extremely important in reconstructing the political, religious and social history of cities, nations and continents. 

One of these fonds, belonging to the Borghese family, was donated to the Vatican Secret Archives in 1932 by virtue of the strong link that the Borgheses had always had with the Papacy (pope Paul V, the Archive’s founder, was a Borghese), but also due to the higher degree of preservation that the Holy See could offer in those years compared that of the “younger” Italian State. The quantity of items from the vast family archive is in the range of nine thousand bundles, registers or parchments.

Within such great quantity of documents, which offer an evocative slice of early modern and modern Italian and European history, one finds various account books, technically called Libri mastri, volumes bearing the whole administrative life of an institution or, in this case, of a noble Roman family, whose business amount was greater than that of a modern-day large business.

http://www.luxinarcana.org/en/documenti/curiosita/il-piu-pesante-pezzo-archivio-fondo-archivistico/






Thursday, September 10, 2015

Harvest your own Goji Berry

Goji Berry
Why pay the high cost in food stores, when you can harvest your own! Goji berries have one of the highest antioxidant values of any whole foods and can be eaten fresh, dried, or frozen. Delicious taste is like a blend of raspberry, cranberry and strawberry. Leaves can be eaten as a vegetable or used to make teas. Purple and white flowers start in May followed by berries in early fall. This vine grows over 10' tall, but should be cut back to 5' in fall for better fruit production the following year. Self-fertile and drought resistant, but avoid acidic soil. pH should be 6.8 or higher and DO NOT ADD NITROGEN to the soil. Plant in full to partial sun. Also known as Wolfberry or Matrimony Vine.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Herb, Oregano

Herb, Oregano
Grown inside or out -- they take such little space and give so much pleasure! Easy-to-grow and a healthful and less expensive alternative to store-bought spices! Comes in single packets or save when purchasing multiples. This herb is also available in the Herb Collection. Planting guide: When growing herbs outside, seeds should be started indoors in boxes and transplanted to the open ground after danger of frost. Sow about four times their diameter in depth and press the soil down firmly. The seeds of this variety are very slow to germinate and often require several weeks in which to sprout. These items are useful when starting seeds indoors for transplanting: Jiffy-7 Peat Pellets Peat Pots, 2 1/4" round Peat Pots, 3" round 3" square pots 4 1/2" round pots For protecting your transplants against late, unexpected frosts choose between Hotkaps plant protectors and Wall O' Water plant protectors. Everything you need to get your plants off to a great start!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Herb, Parsley (Paramount)

Herb, Parsley (Paramount)
Grown inside or out -- they take such little space and give so much pleasure! Parsley is easy-to-grow and a healthful and less expensive alternative to store-bought spices! Comes in single packets or save when purchasing multiples. This herb is also available in the Herb Collection. Planting guide: Sow as early in spring as possible 1/4 inch deep, in rows 1 to 2 feet apart. Thin to 8 to 12 inches in the row. Seed is slow to germinate and it is a good plan to soak it over-night in warm water before planting. Seed can also be started indoors for an earlier harvest. These items are useful when starting seeds indoors for transplanting: Jiffy-7 Peat Pellets Peat Pots, 2 1/4" round Peat Pots, 3" round 3" square pots 4 1/2" round pots For protecting your transplants against late, unexpected frosts choose between Hotkaps plant protectors and Wall O' Water plant protectors. Everything you need to get your plants off to a great start!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Herb, Coriander (Cilantro)

Herb, Coriander (Cilantro)
Grown inside or out -- they take such little space and give so much pleasure! Easy-to-grow and a healthful and less expensive alternative to store-bought spices! Comes in single packets or save when purchasing multiples. This herb is also available in the Herb Collection. Planting guide: When growing herbs outside, seeds should be started indoors in boxes and transplanted to the open ground after danger of frost. Sow about four times their diameter in depth and press the soil down firmly. These items are useful when starting seeds indoors for transplanting: Jiffy-7 Peat Pellets Peat Pots, 2 1/4" round Peat Pots, 3" round 3" square pots 4 1/2" round pots For protecting your transplants against late, unexpected frosts choose between Hotkaps plant protectors and Wall O' Water plant protectors. Everything you need to get your plants off to a great start!