I have had such a blessing from God in being able to have a garden while here in Italy. It's very small, but it was such a gift to me from my Heavenly Father. I wrote more about it on my other blog. I've included the link here, if you would like to go and read. There are also a few pictures and a recipe.
... These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country... But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.