The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

The Lit­tle Veg­gie Patch Co’s Guide to Back­yard Farm­ing Fabian Capo­molla and Mat Pem­ber (Plum, $45) IT’S al­most Septem­ber so I need to plant the le­mon, lime and orange trees, put in the pas­sion­fruit vine and the as­para­gus. The broad beans, the brussels and the leeks need to come up, and then I’ll get busy with a lit­tle es­palier­ing. If time per­mits, there’s the op­tion of build­ing a bee­hive. In the world of gar­den­ing, an or­derly plan is needed, and things don’t come much more or­gan­ised than this dummy’s guide to sort­ing out your ed­i­ble gar­den. There’s a month-by-month plan­ner (what to plant, har­vest and cook, plus ac­tiv­i­ties such as or­gan­is­ing the tool shed) and recipes with which to show­case the fruits of your labours. Thank­fully, there’s also an ex­pla­na­tion for es­palier­ing (shap­ing or­na­men­tal trees, ap­par­ently). The Food­ies’ Di­ary 2013 Al­lan Cam­pion & Michele Cur­tis (Hardie Grant, $29.95) WITH many gar­dens the size of postage stamps these days, it’s nigh on im­pos­si­ble to grow ev­ery­thing at home. Thank heav­ens, then, for pro­duce mar­kets, and for this an­nu­ally updated guide that com­bines a di­ary for culi­nary jot­tings and re­minders with a list of the best farm­ers mar­kets in Aus­tralia, a monthly break­down of fruits and ve­g­ies in sea­son, a se­lec­tion of short and sweet recipes, and wine tips.

I’ve made a note of the blood orange and fen­nel salad as well as the poached rhubarb with rose­wa­ter and rice pud­ding as must-eats for Septem­ber.

And I can hardly wait for Novem­ber, when I can whip up the de­lec­ta­ble-sound­ing cherry ripe cake with dark choco­late ganache.

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