They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In her new book, Grow Just One Thing*, Kyrstie Barcak argues that growing just one thing is the first step in a new, healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
Growing just one thing is the start of a journey — as long and involved or as short and simple as you choose.
I first came across Kyrstie’s blog, A Fresh Legacy, in 2014 when Rosehips and Rhubarb was only a few months old and very wet around the ears indeed. From the beginning I was inspired by her glorious food and garden photography and her obvious passion for teaching others how to grow delicious, organic food at home. Later, Kyrstie and I worked together as coordinators of the Garden Share Collective and finally met in person at the 2015 Problogger Conference in Queensland. When Kyrstie asked if she could interview me for Grow Just One Thing, I was very willing to comply (you can find my interview on pages 118 and 119).
While the stated aim of Grow Just One Thing is to encourage complete novices to start a food growing journey, the book will also be of interest to more experienced food gardeners and food lovers. Kyrstie offers great tips on how to set up your first ‘patch’ and what to plant, how to get kids involved in gardening, and what to do with your fresh produce once it’s harvested; the book includes 17 recipes. Advice is also given on setting up a fresh food pantry, shopping sustainably and planning meals. Kyrstie even provides some smart strategies for getting fussy eaters to willing devour their vegetables. The chapters are laid out in a clear and straightforward way with easy-to-read, succinct text expanded by dot points. A small criticism is that the book would have benefited from an index at the end.
Grow Just One Thing will be launched at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and you can meet Kyrstie there between 16 and 20 March. You can also buy Grow Just One Thing from Kyrstie’s website.
Even better, I have two signed copies of the book to give away. To be in the running, please answer the question below in the comments section under this post. I will randomly select two commenters to receive the books. Entries close at midnight on Friday 18 March (Adelaide time).
If you could grow just one thing (a fruit, herb or vegetable), what would you grow?
*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 alone.