What was the first vegetable you remember growing? As a child I can remember growing tomatoes and corn with my parents, as well as strawberries, raspberries, and even sprouts in a jar on the window sill. Country Boy has similar memories of growing vegetables with his family as a child as well. Growing our own vegetables began with just a few plants when we lived in Sydney, and since we moved back to the farm, growing our own vegetables has become a way of life for our family.
It’s this premise that my friend Kyrstie Barcak, from A Fresh Legacy has written about in her new book, Grow Just One Thing. Growing a few vegetables can be enjoyable and rewarding, and the start of a whole new lifestyle and approach to food.
Often people want to grow more of their own food, but they get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, Kyrstie starts right at the beginning; she goes through all the basics of why you should grow your own food, and how to get started by growing just one thing. She then takes you through how to plan what to grow, when to plant different vegetables, and how to look after them as they grow, as well as ways to involve the whole family in producing food. Through out the book she focuses on how small changes such as growing your own food can change your life for the better.
Kyrstie also shows you how to cook with the foodyou harvest, as well as practical tips to enable you to make the most of what you have. From meal planning to simple, family friendly recipes, she covers everything a kitchen gardener could need to know to get the most out of their harvest.
Kyrstie also looks at how growing food in the garden has changed the lives of other people as well. See that name there in the photo??!! Last year Kyrstie, asked me would I answer some questions about our garden and our life on the farm, and of course I said yes! Together with several other bloggers and gardeners, I have written about how we grow our food, and what effects this has had on all parts of our life. It was exciting to see my name in print, and I loved looking at how other people grow food, and how it has changed their lives.
While this book is aimed at people who want to get into gardening, there is plenty in here for the more experienced gardener as well.
You can get your copy of Grow Just One Thing here. Kyrstie is launching her book at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this week, so you could also head along to the show and grab a copy there (be sure to say hi for me!). Kyrstie has also given me two copies of her book to give away. They come with a packet of organic seeds to start you on your fresh food journey (unless you live in WA or Tasmania – quarantine laws mean I can’t post you the seeds – but I will still send the book!) To win, tell me what was the first food you ever grew, or what food do you wish you could grow? I will choose two winners on Saturday March 26, 2016 and contact them for postage details.
*Please note that while I received a free copy of the book as a contributor and reviewer, I am not being paid for this review and the opinions expressed are mine.
This competition has now closed – congratulations to Candice B and Laura Murphy.
What was the first food you ever grew? What foods do you wish you could grow?