Fabian Capo­molla shares his fam­ily’s Ital­ian ad­ven­tures and ed­i­ble gar­den ad­vice in his new book

In his new book, Grow­ing Food the Ital­ian Way, Fabian Capo­molla shares his ex­pert ad­vice on grow­ing your own pro­duce at home – even on your bal­cony


Ital­ians have been liv­ing in small homes for a very long time and have adapted to apart­ment liv­ing by grow­ing veg­eta­bles in pots, par­tic­u­larly herbs, thereby hav­ing easy ac­cess to fresh in­gre­di­ents to add to a dish of pasta or bowl of soup. In Aus­tralia, with more peo­ple than ever liv­ing in apart­ments and with houses get­ting big­ger and out­door spa­ces smaller, the only op­tion for many is to grow food in pots.

Here are some tips that I’ve picked up over the years to get you started. You won’t be able to grow enough food to be self-suf­fi­cient, but it will pro­vide you with fresh herbs that you can add to your dishes to make them jump off the plate. And should you have any ex­cess pro­duce, you can score brownie points with your cute neigh­bour who lives down­stairs or with the odd cou­ple next door when you need them to feed your cat. Win, win.

In 2014, avid gar­dener Fabian Capo­molla (top

left) swapped Melbourne for Italy to re­con­nect with his roots, tak­ing his fam­ily – wife Beck and kids Jack and Olive (top right) – on a year-long ad­ven­ture. Work­ing at a com­mu­nity gar­den, Fabian em­braced the Ital­ian way of life.

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