To have a gardening book endorsed by Alan Titchmarsh as ‘Clear modern and inspiring’ is praise indeed. Lucy Hutchings describes how she fell into the world of Horticulture at a time when she needed distraction from her very exciting but emotionally taxing career as a designer and maker of jewellery and stage costumes.
As she describes in the book: “I always grew food. One way or another I always had something edible on the go. From herbs on the windowsill to lemon trees in my living room, from vertical herb gardens, to a window box vegetable patch on a fifteenth floor balcony, growing food made me deeply and uncomplicatedly happy.”
After a stressful life event in 2018, Lucy realized that her passion for growing edible plants might be the answer to her angst and she retrained in horticulture and garden design with a view to becoming an edible garden designer. She started @shegrowsveg Instagram account to engage with a younger global gardening community. By the time Lucy finished her course her Instagram account was taking up more and more time and it become a full time job!
However Lucy still loves growing vegetables and has found a niche in the market with a unique design–led approach, Get Up and Grow showcases how anyone can grow pretty much anything no matter what amount of space you have, be it a back garden, balcony, or even just a desk. There are projects for herbs, fruits and vegetables including a salad trolley and indoor spice garden and an edible living wall. The book even covers Hydroponics, a method of growing plants without any soil.
With step-by-step illustrations and stunning photography, Get up and Grow is bursting with practical ideas to make your home and garden every bit as stylish as it is practical.
Get Up & Grow by Lucy Start (Hardie Grant, £16.99) Photography: Philippa Langley
Reviewed by Juliet Bawden from www.creativecolour.org