I was recently sent a copy of Kyrstie Barcak’s Book, Grow Just One Thing (it was a freebie, but I’m giving you my honest opinion). Kyrstie has an amazing instagram and also blog. If you are interested in feeding your family the best possible foods and also growing them yourself, then everything she does will inspire you even more. This book is literally everything you need to get yourself into the garden!
I’m not a competent gardener. I wish I was. I have dreams of having a veggie patch that flourishes and that supplies us with some of the fresh produce we eat. My kids love gardening and pulling carrots from the soil of our veggie patch last summer was an awesome experience for them. We grew carrots, tomatoes, herbs, beans, spinach and kale this summer and the whole venture, from watching the seedlings grown through to harvesting (even on such a small scale was very eye opening for them).
But I get lazy and the garden doesn’t become priority one. After reading Kyrstie’s book though, I have realised that really, the benefit of growing and the excitement of harvesting are the beginning of something amazing and that by quite literally growing just one thing you are helping to further the understanding of food and where it comes from. It also helps to grow in children and in families a sense of ownership and a higher respect for food.
Where I mainly fall down is lack of planning, with so much going on in our lives, it is easy to prioritise other things and become bogged down in other aspects of life. So reading seasonal planting guides and also the sections on caring for my treasured plants was really helpful for me. The sections however of the book that most inspired me was the tips and tricks for getting that fresh produce that you’ve grown with your blood sweat and tears to the table in the quickest and best fashion. You can also see amazing recipes on Kyrsties blog, such as this recipe for Pressure cooker rhubarb and apple rice pudding which couldn’t have turned up in my newsfeed at a better time as I’m struggling with using my pressure cooker and Kyrstie has a no nonsense approach to everything!
If you’ve ever been inspired, to grow something, anything, just one thing, not matter how small you start, this book is for you. You’ll feel your hand held as you embark on the journey and you’ll be looked after every step of the way, from planning, to troubleshooting and reading the stories of fellow growers right through to getting your home grown produce on the table. I’m taking up the challenge and you’ll be hearing about my journey after reading this.