Get Up and Grow- book review and giveaway

By Lucy Hutchings

Published by Hardie Grant Books

Hardback 159 pages

ISBN 978-1-78488-392-8

Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs doesn’t require acres of ground. In fact, you can grow virtually anything in pots, on a balcony and even indoors- if you just have the right techniques and equipment. In Lucy Hutchings’ new book, Get Up and Grow, there’s tips on everything you need to step up your gardening to a new level and grow whatever you fancy in a fresh and exciting way. Judging by the photos in Lucy’s book, the results will not only be a feast for the table, but a feast for the eyes too. Everything looks absolutely stunning.

Here’s a selection of my favourite projects from the book:

An indoor greenhouse, made from a glass display cabinet and fitted with full spectrum grow lights. IKEA sell similar cabinets or you could recycle some furniture.
I love this idea – growing microgreens in self-adhesive window trays. These are the sort you can buy for showers. Usually they are used for storing shampoo and soap. Ingenious idea, using them for growing nutritious microgreens.
Lucy also shows you how to convert an over-door hanging storage rack into a window herb garden. These can be moved around the house, or can be hung on a sunny wall or fence outdoors in the summer. Lucy has one hanging on her greenhouse sliding door, making use of all available space.
A salad garden on wheels! It can be moved around the home to make the most of natural light, or be wheeled out on to the patio on sunny days.

More projects from the book. Lucy, a former couture jewellery designer, is @shegrowsveg on instagram and writes a blog at

The book covers the basics of potting up, using lights, feeding, watering and trouble-shooting. Perfect for beginners, or more experienced gardeners looking for a bright and modern new way to garden. The ‘suppliers list’ at the end of the book is also quite a revelation with lots of suggestions I’d never even thought of. I can’t wait to get started on my own growing projects. With Lucy’s step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions, I should soon be growing kokedama oranges, having a go at hydroponics and making a ‘living wall.’ I’ll report back on my progress!

Thanks for reading my blog.

The publishers have kindly offered one copy for a prize draw. Please leave comments below to be included in the draw. A name will be randomly drawn on Sunday, 23 May at 6pm. There will be nothing to pay and I will contact you from my e mail which is

20 thoughts on “Get Up and Grow- book review and giveaway

  1. Some original thinking. I wonder if the author shares her apartment with other bipeds. Apartment dwellers who desire indoor greenery and flora cannot afford to have plant or pollen, nor pollinator allergies!

    It is surprising what can be done. Fascinating results.

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    • Thank you Valerie. The IKEA cabinets are really good value too. Seriously looking at getting one of those. Would be a protected space to grow produce. Please check back next Sunday for the winning name. Thanks for reading my blog. All the best. Karen

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    • Thank you Mary. My eldest daughter has a flat in a large Georgian house with high ceilings and massive floor to ceiling windows. These ideas would be great for her to utilise the light from the windows. Also, it’s just rented while she looks for her forever home, so all these projects could move with her to her next home. Thanks for reading and getting in touch. All the best. Karen


  2. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention Karen. Full of great ideas. Would love to win a copy but if not I’m definitely going to buy one! Wonderful review – well done. 👏

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    • Thank you Kate. Must admit, I feel excited to try something a bit different. I’ve been doing the same old, same old for ages. I fancy trying out grow lights and hydroponics. Thanks for your kind words and for reading my blog. Much appreciated. Good luck in the draw!


  3. This looks like a very interesting addition to veg and herb growing with some useful tips. Personally I think this is the way forward for growers, the display looks good, and the freshness of the plants would be wonderful. Thank you for bringing it to our attention

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    • Thank you very much for reading my blog. That’s exactly what I thought. Nice fresh produce – and definitely the way forward. Please check back next Sunday, as I haven’t got any contact details for you. I’ll write an update with the winner’s name. All the best. Karen


  4. Karen, what an inftiguing book with some potentially useful ideas. That glass cabinet would have to be managed very carefully if against a bright window I reckon. But what a lovely way to get us to think more laterally about how and where we can grow. Thank you for sharing. I’d love to win a copy of that book.

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