Plant Life Balance

Five isolation reads that every green thumb should pick up

There’s an absolute wealth of horticultural how-to’s and leafy home design literature out there – now’s your chance to sit down and school yourself on the finer points of living the green life.

Finding the time to sit down and immerse yourself in a good book can tricky in frantic, ‘business-as-usual’ lives, so if isolation is good for something, it’s getting through neglected reading list!

We invite you to take this opportunity to dive into some instructive literature on plant care, styling your home in green, and growing successful gardens – so that at least while you’re home, you can equip yourself with the knowledge you need to live your lushest life yet.

To get you started, here are five green reads that we’re loving at the moment, perfect for starter gardeners and seasoned green thumbs alike.

The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide

Paul West@_paul_west_

Now – more than ever – it’s an incredibly handy skill to be able to grow your own produce at home. Whether you have a huge yard or not much space at all, Australian chef and River Cottage Australia presenter Paul West will teach you how to not only grow fresh produce, but turn it into something delicious in the kitchen. With over 50 family-friendly recipes included, this will become a much-thumbed addition to your kitchen library.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Paul a few months ago when this book was first released to chat about his top tips for an aspiring urban produce grower, and what growing food does for the soul – check out the interview here.

Plant Society: Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space

Jason Chongue | @jasonchongue

Feeling guilty about a recent plant killing? Not to worry, we’ve all been there, and this wonderful book by Chongue is here to help. Covering everything from the basics of plant care and maintenance all the way to plant styling, Jason will train you into a master caretaker of your lush jungle haven. By the time you’re done with Plant Society, you’ll not only be able to keep your babies alive, you will have them named, profiled and styled well enough for a double-page magazine spread. Yes, please!

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants

Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan | @domus_botanica, @sophia_kaplan

If you are beginning your wildly beautiful ride as a plant parent, congratulations! This is the Indoor Plant Book of All Indoor Plant Books. With instructions on how to care for and style 100 different house plants from cacti to tropicals, Camilleri and Kaplan have you covered for every step of your journey.

Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants

Georgina Reid | @theplanthunter

In the midst of learning how to care for your leafy friends, never forget that gardening feeds the body, mind and soul. Reid’s book will give you a glimpse into the lives of 24 people who turn to the outdoors to grow not just seeds, but themselves. You’ll come away with a new understanding of the connections that humans are able to unlock with nature, and just how profound that can be for our mental health and wellbeing.

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TODAY IS THE DAY!!! The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants is OUT. In the world. On the shelves. Holy-bloody-moley. – I’d like to curl up under a tree for a little rest after packing and posting all the pre-orders (thank you, thank you, thank you dear souls who trusted us enough to buy the book without seeing it IRL). But. No time to waste. I’m on a mission (@daniel_shipp is my co pilot) to seduce EVERYONE into falling in love with the world, into becoming gardeners. First stop: @abcradionational, talking about life with plants with Sarah Kanowski for ABC Conversations podcast ?✨. It’ll be on air tomorrow. I’m a bit scared/nervous/I don’t know what…. – Anyway. The book. It’s out. Check it out. – #theplanthunterbook #truthbeautychaosandplants Published by @thamesandhudsonau, designed by dear friend @evi_o

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Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space

Alana Langan & Jacqui Vidal | @alanalangan, @jacquividal_melb

Founders of botanical warehouse and design studio Ivy Muse in Melbourne, Langan and Vidal are passionate about that special cross-over space between creativity and greenery. With expert advice and tips, this book will teach you everything you need to know about styling and curating a beautiful plant-based oasis in your own home.

Milkwood: Real skills for Down-to-Earth Living

Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar | @kirufarm, @milkwood_nick

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about permaculture and how to do it, this is a true crowd-favourite for those looking to live off their own land. From curious histories to DIY projects to wild fermented recipes, this instructional manual will inspire you to get growing, preserving, cooking and making.

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It’s our book birthday! One year ago today, on the first day of spring, we launched Milkwood into the world. And wow what a year it’s been… . Tomatoes and Seaweed and Mushrooms and Wild Food and Natural Beekeeping – five of our favourite subjects, with a whole chapter each on how to (and why to) grow, steward, forage and utilise these life-enhancing habits and skills… . It’s been so amazing to discuss and share these subjects in this last year. We’ve met so many great folks at all the book talks and workshops. Thanks to everyone who’s come along to say hi over these last 12 months! . But back to the celebration bit. ??? To celebrate, we’re doing a big month of gifting and giveaways, starting this week with two copies of Milkwood (posted worldwide)… would you like one? . TO ENTER: comment and tag a friend below who you think would love this book. We’ll pick a comment, and then we’ll send a copy to you AND a copy to your mate, wherever you both are. . Entries close on 5th September. Good luck! ????. . #milkwoodbook #bookbirthday #permaculture #permacultureskills #resilience #nowastemushroomcultivation #seaweed #wildfood #tomato #naturalbeekeeping #giveaway #goodluck

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Feeling inspired to amp up your urban jungle? Get in touch with your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery to have a chat with the experts and get yourself sorted.

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