Slow Down and Grow Something is an urban growers recipe for the good life.
The book is written by expert horticulturist Bryon Smith with his partner and is about creating an urban food oasis suitable for backyards, rooftops, courtyards and balconies.
The couple wanted to encourage people to enjoy gardening as a way to slow down and some simple rituals into their lives.
The book is split into two sections. The first part covers everything you need to know about gardening, and then the second part explores the four seasons, including the plants you might be growing and harvesting and suitable recipes.
“Soak up the outdoors, reconnect with your food, share with your community and live the good life.”
The gardening section covers must-know topics like climatic zones, garden layout, soil essentials, the art of watering, growing from seeds and seedlings and planting a tree. It also covers succession planting, garden tools, picking, and harvesting, keeping chickens and honey bees, worms, and compost.
Be tempted by recipes like strawberry chamomile smoothies, edible flower or gin and cucumber popsicles, lemon, zucchini, and rosemary bread or choc mint mousse (using avocados). You can even chase away the winter germs with a recipe for turmeric flu shot.
“The good life is waiting for you.”
Slow Down and Grow Something is currently available in paperback.
Publisher: Murdoch Books
About the Byron Smith and Tess Robinson
Byron Smith is a horticulturalist and found of Urban Growers, an edible garden company that designs, installs and maintains food gardens on Australia’s east coast, for commercial, community and private clients. His childhood was played out on the land, hiding in rows of corn and selling passionfruit on the side of the highway. Byron has an innate passion for the environment, for accessible food and for sustainability.
Tess Robinson is the founder of cult branding agency Smack Bang Designs and the chief cook with the produce from Byron’s food garden.