Want a lifelong love affair with endless possibilities? Grow a garden! The new book, Grow What You Love by Emily Murphy beautifully captures the inner joy that gardening brings while guiding you through delicious edible garden ideas.
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“When you take time to grow what you love, wonderful things happen. A remarkable yet simple sequence of events unfolds. This small step of planting and growing a handful of beloved ingredients is really a small step toward approaching life a little differently, a little more deliberately—and finding beauty in food, nature, seasons and healthy, hand-made living.” ~Emily Murphy
I am not adept at writing proper book reviews (so I don’t), but I can give you this recommendation.
Over the years I have often written about the hard-to-express but wonderful side of gardening that is so important to those of us who know and love it.
Whether you call it therapy, mental health, spirituality, or simply finding your happy place, there is something in the process of working with (sometimes for, sometimes against) nature to grow a garden that ends up transforming our selves. It can sound cliché or sappy to say, but really, if you have experienced it, you know how valuable it is.
Emily’s new book, Grow What You Love, captures this.
If you have a friend on the cusp of gardening or need to recharge your own love of it, this book will rev you up.
The information is excellent—practical, creative, and informative, the photos are gorgeous, and the mood captures that (wish I had a better word for it) magic we find by indulging in the seasons, digging in the dirt, growing beautiful and edible things, and sharing them with people we love.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
About Grow What You Love
Do you dream of planting a garden but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you looking for simple ways to optimize space and fine-tune your veggie plot? Do you want to cook with delicious fare that you harvest yourself?
Brimming with seasonal inspiration and expert know-how, Grow What You Love highlights the best plants for gardeners and chefs alike—proving that adding flavor to your plate (and your day) can come with minimal effort.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, this informative and accessible guide is ideal for aspiring gardeners looking to take their first steps toward healthy, handmade living. Seasoned green thumbs looking to shake things up with new techniques and flavor combinations will also find much to love in Emily Murphy’s gardening philosophy.
When you grow what you love, you grow more than a garden; you grow a new appreciation for the simple things. Grow What You Love is Emily Murphy’s guide to enriching yourself and your family, from the ground up.
- How to convert a trough into a raised bed
- How to compost and understand soil
- How to plant and prune tomatoes
- How to select edible perennials
- How to pair edible flowers with companion plants
- Methods of setting up succession planting and cut-and-come-again crops
- How to choose plants at the nursery
- How to propagate plants from cuttings
- Simple ways to nturue yourself and your family
Complete with a 158-page plant directory to help you select seasonal ingredients that are right for you and recipes that make the most of your harvest, Emily Murphy’s guide is your best bet for a bountiful garden and inspirational meals.