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.