SLOW DOWN AND GROW SOME­THING

BY­RON SMITH & TESS ROBIN­SON, MUR­DOCH BOOKS, P/B, $45

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This book is all about giv­ing us the know-how and the in­spi­ra­tion to grow our own food, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the im­mense sat­is­fac­tion of cook­ing with our own harvest, and ben­e­fit­ting from the time out that gar­den­ing and cook­ing can of­fer. Ex­pert hor­ti­cul­tur­ist By­ron Smith fo­cusses on 40 plants to try, those that he’s grown most suc­cess­fully in ur­ban court­yards, back­yards, rooftops, bal­conies, verges and win­dowsills. Then, come harvest time, the recipes serve up your bounty in sim­ple snacks, sal­ads, pick­les and drinks. Snip­ping some home-grown leaves for a salad isn’t just about grow­ing your own food, it’s about the re­as­sur­ance of know­ing what’s gone into it and what you have got out of it. I con­fess my gar­den­ing style tends to­wards ov­er­en­thu­si­asm at the gar­den cen­tre, stag­ger­ing home with arm­fuls of seedlings, then it’s plant, ne­glect, die, re­peat. De­lighted to find my rented house is planted with cit­rus trees, I’ve been hang­ing out for harvest time, only to reap a soli­tary le­mon and a tree full of mag­goty man­darins. Ah well, as Smith says, you of­ten find the process more ful­fill­ing than the harvest it­self. TW

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