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Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life Paperback – Illustrated, March 1, 2018
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As seen on NBC's Today Show, Grow What You Love is an accessible and inspiring guide that explores just how easy it is to grow your favorite produce and herbs.
"Gardening blogger Murphy's beautiful debut makes gardening just as much an art as a science... Murphy writes in a way that makes it personal and joyous... Instead of focusing on inches, weeks, and weeding, the book is about cultivating a connection to the earth, the outdoors, and food... This book is for anyone who's interested in gardening, no matter how small or large the garden, or how limited the reader's experience."
-- Publishers Weekly
Grow What You Love is a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add flavor and variety to the fresh produce readers can access throughout the year. Aimed at novice and experienced gardeners alike, Grow What You Love is an image-driven, how-to adventure from an expert organic gardener with an enthusiasm for an authentic life.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, the book begins with an exploration of Emily's approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She gives advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love (or will grow to love), and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers will be a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.
Complete with workshops that cover topics like composting, transplanting, pruning, and how to combine plants in the garden, and with online resources and hardiness zone maps, Grow What You Love is packed with goodness for every gardener.
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'When we grow the things we love, wonderful things happen'
Emily Murphy is an expert organic gardener trained in ethnobotany, environmental science and garden design. She teaches and speaks regularly about her gardening philosophies. She has been a guest on The Today Show and The Marilyn Denis Show, and her writing has appeared in numerous online publications, including Better Homes and Gardens.
Emily is also a photographer, cook and creator of the celebrated blog Pass The Pistil. She lives in Northern California with her family and finds daily inspiration from the simple act of growing.
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A beautiful publication... Each page is filled with colorful and uplifting images. Each chapter is dedicated to teaching the reader how to dive into their passion and grow what they love. -- Bren Haas ― Creating Living with Bren Haas Blog Published On: 2018-02-26
Gardening blogger Murphy's beautiful debut makes gardening just as much an art as a science and encourages readers to adopt a more plant-driven lifestyle, from the garden to the kitchen. The book is divided into three sections: instructions on getting started gardening, a directory of 12 edible plant families, and information on how to tend the garden. While there is a lot of technical information, such as how to combine plants and how to convert a trough into a raised bed, Murphy writes in a way that makes it personal and joyous, not at all like a dry how-to guide. Instead of focusing on inches, weeks, and weeding, the book is about cultivating a connection to the earth, the outdoors, and food. The plant pages include descriptions as well as information on planting, picking, and enjoying the harvest. Murphy throws in some recipes... This book is for anyone who's interested in gardening, no matter how small or large the garden, or how limited the reader's experience. ― Publishers Weekly Published On: 2018-03-05
Beautifully put together... It's pure gardener's eye candy... Murphy writes as though she is sitting across from you, chatting over a basket of fresh produce... It's a lifestyle book with the message: get out there, plant something, eat every part of it, and enjoy the process. -- Christy Wilhelmi ― Gardenerd.com Published On: 2018-03-13
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 Will ― Empress of Dirt Blog Published On: 2018-03-14
Emily's colorful photography and accessible text guides the novice and experienced gardener to consider a different path when growing things -- to grow what you love and fit it in to the modern lifestyle... The book instantly comes alive as you read the first few pages. I felt as if I was sitting across from Emily, as I read (in her conversational tone) how her book is more than just about gardening or food-making: "It's about cultivating joy and growing all parts of your life."... Gardening books sometimes fall neatly and squarely into one category: either it's directed at the beginner gardener or it's an expansive detailed publication for the advanced gardener. What I like best about Emily's book is that it bridges both realms: it offers practical advice for those new to gardening and offers ideas for more experienced gardeners. Emily Murphy's love of learning and growing plants not only exudes from the pages of her new book, but also the fact that she cares -- and wants others to be successful... Emily has several garden-to-table recipes for readers to try, whether they grow the food themselves or buy it at the farmer's market... Filled with gorgeous photography and an easy conversational style, "Grow What You Love" is destined to join other great gardening books on my bookshelf. -- Jen ― Frau Zinnie Garden Blog Published On: 2018-03-02
Grow What You Love is essentially an organic gardener's manifesto, part how-to grow food guide and part how to live a gardening life guide. Emily makes gardening feel unthreatening and uncomplicated, and if the target audience is the Millennial non-gardener, it has definitely succeeded. It is a beautifully photographed book. -- Debra Prinzing ― Slow Flowers Journal Blog Published On: 2018-04-10
A nice volume for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation to start a garden. -- Kristina Sepetys ― Edible East Bay Blog Published On: 2018-04-11
Grow What You Love by Emily Murphy is perfect whether you're starting your first garden or looking for ways to optimize your existing garden. Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, it focuses on the plants that are the stars of both the kitchen and the garden, and it includes recipes, personal notes and ideas for growing a garden in the space you have on hand. -- Jeff Rugg ― Creators Published On: 2019-12-04
Filled with "garden porn" photography, this lovely how to book not only shares how to grow edibles, but includes recipes to use your harvest in appetizing ways. Guaranteed to get gardeners itching to plant new varieties. ― Niagara Escarpment Views Published On: 2018-03-01
Not only teaches readers to grow and harvest gardens but to apply this philosophy to life as well. Murphy helps readers to plan out gardens to best suite their space and needs. She shares tips and techniques for growing a successful garden. ― Mother Earth News Published On: 2018-02-01
Beauty, clarity and simplicity are hallmarks of this guide to growing vegetables, herbs and small fruits -- beginning with the table of contents, laid out to allow for a speedy zeroing in on a topic of immediate interest. That might be edible flowers, summer greens, berries, or one of the recipes... Each section of the book is easily scanned and presented in a pleasantly chatty, common-sense style, as in wise tips for setting out on the gardening path... The main, central section is a directory of plants divided into 12 types that include winter greens, root vegetables, berries, pods and beans, and so on. For each individual listing there is a roster of varieties to consider and concise information on where and how to plant, when to pick, and how to use. In the perennial herbs section, for example, thyme is described as a strong, earthy herb that pairs well with squash, onion and potatoes. Before and following the directory, basics are covered: composting, soil types and fertility, container gardens, common pests. Seed-sowing basics includes a recipe for making your own seed starting mix. Among the six workshops scattered throughout the book is a step-by-step, colour-illustrated guide to rooting stem cuttings... Filled with inspiring photos and easy-reading, helpful information. It's a useful pleasure. -- Helen Chesnut ― Times Colonist Published On: 2018-03-24
About the Author
Emily Murphy is an expert organic gardener trained in ethnobotany, environmental science and garden design. She teaches and speaks regularly about her gardening philosophies, and her writing has appeared in numerous online publications, including Better Homes and Gardens. Murphy is also a photographer, cook and creator of the celebrated blog Pass The Pistil. She lives in Northern California with her family and finds daily inspiration from the simple act of growing.
- Publisher : Firefly Books; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0228100208
- ISBN-13 : 978-0228100201
- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.69 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #846 in Organic Gardening & Horticulture (Books)
- #1,042 in Vegetable Gardening
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So far, this book has taught me about my soil, and recommendations for how to fix that without being a chemist. It has taught me about simplifying my process, and how to use pots which will help keep the moisture in my soil. I am not completely ready, but definitely better than I was last year. Anxious for it to warm up so I can get growing (pun not intended). I would highly reccommend this book!
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