Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life

Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life

by Emily Murphy
Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life

Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life

by Emily Murphy


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780228100201
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 07

Getting Started

Set Your Garden Free 13

Planning Your Garden 13

Where to Start 14

The Basic Ingredients 15

Where to Plant 23

Workshop #1: Convert a Trough into a Raised Bed 29

Sheet Mulching 31

Gardener's Toolkit 32

Know the Rules So You Can Break Them 35

Laying the Groundwork: Cultivating Soil and Composting 37

Know Your Soil 38

Soil Building and Composting 44

Workshop #2: Hot Compost 46

Worm Composting 48

The Plant Directory

Tender Herbs 52

Recipe: Mix and Match Pesto 65

Perennial Herbs 66

Recipe: Rosemary Honey Ice Cream 80

Recipe: Summer Fresh Mojito 81

Tomatoes 82

Workshop #3: Planting and Pruning Tomatoes 86

Recipe: Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs 89

Summer Greens 90

Recipe: Summer Salad with Meyer Lemon and Chive Vinaigrette 103

Winter Greens 104

Recipe: Savory Galette 114

Hardy Greens 116

Recipe: Favorite Frittata 125

Root Vegetables 126

Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables with Citrus, Herbs, Chilies and Pomegranate 139

Cucumbers and Summer Squash 140

Recipe: Summer Squash with Fresh Herbs and Capers 149

Pods and Beans 150

Recipe: Fava Beans, Greens and Fresh Herb Tartine 161

Edible Perennials 162

Recipe: Spiced Rhubarb Compote 175

Berries 176

Recipe: Summer Berry Shrub 189

Edible Flowers and companion Plants 190

Recipe: Candied Violets 206

Recipe: Nasturtium Capers 207

The Simple Act of Growing

Grow: Seeding, Planting and Propagating 211

Seed-Sowing Basics 211

Workshop #4: How to Grow Plants from Seed 218

Workshop #5: Transplanting 221

Succession Planting and Cut-and-Come Again Crops 222

How to Choose Plants at the Nursery 223

Workshop #6: Rooting Stem Cuttings in a Soilless Mix 224

Propagating Plants from Cuttings 226

Dividing Plants 227

Tending and Training 229

Gardening Basics 229

Smart Watering 230

Staking and Trellising 233

Pruning, Deadheading and Tidying Up 235

Feed Your Garden 236

Gardening in Winter 239

Follow Nature, Harvest and Continue Growing 243

Add Diversity to Your Garden 243

Workshop #7: How to Combine Plants 246

Organic Gardening 248

Good Bugs and Bad Bugs 250

Animals in the Garden 254

Continue Growing 255

Workshop #8: Four Easy Ways to Preserve Herbs 256

Workshop #9: Savoring Your Harvest 258

Planning Next Season's Garden 259

Pass It On 260

For My Girls 263

Resources 264

Hardiness and Extreme Minimum Temperature Zones 264

Conversion Table 266

Online Resources 266

Seed Companies 266

On My Shelf 267

A Note About the Gardens 268

Index 269

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