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DE­TEC­TIVE would love her own veg­etable gar­den from which to pluck car­rots or beans, or even a wafer-thin bunch of co­rian­der. Alas, her gar­den­ing skills are as du­bi­ous as her cook­ing, and her ef­forts have come to naught. Who knew tomato plants needed wa­ter and sun­light?

Nev­er­the­less, she is ex­cited to have re­ceived an early copy of The Lit­tle Veg­gie Patch Co: How to Grow Food in Small Spaces (Plum/Pan Macmil­lan, $45; on sale Au­gust 30), which shows the home cook how to set up a kitchen gar­den. Au­thors Fabian Capo­molla and Mat Pem­ber run a busi­ness in­stalling edible gar­dens — from poly­styrene boxes on bal­conies to fruit crates in the back­yard — and pro­vide a blow-by-blow ac­count of how to build one, deal with pests (pos­sums, the ‘‘smil­ing as­sas­sins of the veg­etable gar­den’’, ap­par­ently can’t stand chilli and gar­lic) and dis­eases, and what to grow where.

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