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Take a leaf
Pick a fresh read from these garden titles
Reap what you sow – it’s bound to be delicious if you follow the
tricks in this book by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember. The duo,
behind Melbourne-based company The Little Veggie Patch Co.,
specialise in creating edible gardens of all shapes and palate sizes.
Now sharing their knowledge in a user-friendly format, this book
covers fundamentals such as soil, climate, composting and worm
farms. There’s also an A-Z of tasty fruit and vegetables with tips
on how to plant, maintain and harvest them. Pan Macmillan, $45.
Gardens blossom into artworks
under the guidance of French
landscape architect Florence
Mercier. This retrospective title
examines her career, where
an emphasis on space and
experimental design has been
consistent. Whether it’s an
urban park or rural backyard,
these innovative landscapes will
capture your imagination.
Peribo, $29.95 .
THE GARDEN OF IDEAS
Architect, historian, poet,
garden fanatic... Richard Aitken
combines all his passions in this
engaging story of Australian
landscape design. Tracing back
through history, he unearths
gardens from the late 18th
century through to today.
Combining images and text,
this sophisticated compendium
is essential reading for the
intellectual gardener. Melbourne
University Publishing, $64.99 .
WORDS Jessica Matthews
The Little Veggie Patch Co.
When comparing the citrus varieties, we look
at it like this. A lemon tree will produce too
much fruit, but is a must, so espalier them
to contain the amount of fruit. Oranges will
produce a lot of fruit that will be used, so
concentrate your growing efforts on this tree
and dedicate your largest space to it. And
finally, lime, the great unknown, will potentially
make you rich, so choose your best spot for
this variety, then tell all your contacts at the
bars and restaurants to hold tight, and cross
When planting, dig a hole the width of the root ball
but a little shallower than its height so you can mound
the soil around the rest of the roots and ensure good
drainage. Before positioning the plant, moisten the hole
with about 10 litres of water so that it penetrates the
surrounding soil. Position the tree, then backfill. Mound
up the soil and create a furrow that directs water to
the plant’s roots. Gently firm down the soil, apply a
handful of slow-release organic fertiliser and water in
Be careful not to disturb the root structure as you plant,
however if the tree is root-bound, you may need to
untangle the roots and prune them.
Drive a stake 30 cm on either side of the trunk (away
from the roots) and use soft twine to brace the trunk
upright between the two.
Clean away any fallen fruit to reduce susceptibility to
pests and disease.
Feeding and mulching
Feed your orange tree with a high-nitrogen and
- phosphorus fertiliser twice a year, at the end of winter
and in summer. Water in well after doing so. Keep grass
and weeds away from the root system by mulching with
a 10 cm layer of pea straw or lucerne hay.
Water the plant twice a week in the first year, moreso
during the first month while it is finding its feet, but
be careful not to let the soil become waterlogged.
Cut back to once a week thereafter. Increase watering
Prune the tree to keep the canopy from becoming
overcrowded and to facilitate harvesting. Cut back any
low-lying branches that, when laden with fruit, may
hang to the ground.
When the fruit starts to fall from the tree, you’ll know it
is ripe, but bear in mind that it will be ripe well before
then, as oranges keep particularly well on the tree.
Taste test the fruit for sweetness when it is a desirable
size. Hand-pick by twisting and pulling.
Meander through 20 very
different landscapes, from a sleek
Mediterranean courtyard to an
artfully overgrown garden. The
designs by David Kirkpatrick
provide fertile inspiration for
those creating a new outdoor
space. Along with lavish
photographs by Julie Renouf, the
book includes a detailed list of
plants and landscaper’s plans for
each garden. Penguin, $39.95 .
THE HEART OF
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