Getting ahead on vegies
NEARLY every book idea Perth author Kathryn Lefroy has is for children.
“I think it’s because some of my fondest memories are of holidays when I was growing up and I could sit for days on end, devouring books,” Lefroy said.
“I want to re-create that feeling for readers and I think it’s harder to get that sense of being totally lost in a book as an adult.
“That’s not through any fault of the book, but because of the trappings that come with ‘adulting’.
“Saying all of that, I’m actually very conscious of not trying to write books ‘for children’. I just want to write fun, fast-paced and engaging stories; stories that might be aimed at NOW is the ideal time to plant your vegie and herb gardens for months of healthy winter salads and recipe ideas.
Charlie Dawson, from Dawsons Garden World, said it was a good investment in health, with garden-fresh greens boosting immunity to colds and flu.
“Just remember that successful vegetable and herb gardening, especially in winter, requires good soil preparation,” he said.
According to Charlie, winter is the perfect time to plant ornamental deciduous trees, adding kids, but that I would enjoy reading too.”
Lefroy, who writes novels, articles and screenplays, has released her first novel for middle readers, Alex and the Alpacas Save the World.
Published by Fremantle Press, the book is set on a Tasmanian farm where main character Alex and her herd of talking alpacas must save the world from sinister forces all set to derail her summer holidays.
“About 10 years ago, I was living in Melbourne and took a weekend trip to Tasmania to visit a friend who was house-sitting a small hobby farm in the Huon Valley,” Lefroy said.
“The best thing about great beauty to the yard.
Charlie’s top vegies to plant now are:
Beetroot, artichoke, asparagus, celery, potatoes, silverbeet, broccoli, broad beans, cauliflower, parsnip, spring onions, radish, rhubarb and leeks. Top herbs: Chives, coriander, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, the farm? The four alpacas who wandered around as though they owned the place.
“They were so skittish and bumbling and dopey, and had this expression like they were all sharing a hilarious joke that you weren’t in on.
“Basically the least likely animals you’d ever want on your team if you had to save the world, which made them so much fun to write.”
After finishing the first draft in November 2011, Lefroy spent the next seven years rewriting it about 20 times until she was happy with her book featuring a strong-willed girl as the main protagonist. thyme, parsley, marjoram.
Top ornamental deciduous trees
Flowering peaches: Prunus ‘Klara Mayer’ double pink, Prunus ‘Magnifica’ double red and Prunus ‘Alboplena’ double flowering white varieties.
Ornamental pears: Pyrus Chanticleer and Pyrus Korean Sun.
Flowering plums: Prunus ‘Nigra’and Prunus ‘Blireana’ are big selling trees. If your yard is a little tight for space, try Prunus ‘Oakville Crimson Spire’ and Pyrus Calleryana ‘Capital’, which are tall but narrow growers ideal for limited sites.