Grow Now Book

GROW NOW is a practical manual for garden-based climate activism. Both deeply personal and globally relevant, Emily Murphy provides a roadmap to tap into the power of regenerative growing with a set of easy-to-follow principles for fostering biodiversity, caring for soil, and planting your way to a better future.

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“People always ask me, ‘What can I do?’ Now I can answer, ‘Start by reading Grow Now.’  This beautiful, helpful, humane book is like one of those strangers you meet and instantly bond with. It’s your new best friend.” Carl Safina, ecologist and author of Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

Inside GROW NOW

Did you know you can grow a garden that’s equal parts food hub and wildlife haven? Or that growing a garden is as good for you as it is for the planet? In Grow Now, Emily Murphy provides a framework of easy-to-follow principles for regenerative growing that foster biodiversity, improve soil health, and sequester carbon.
Discover how no-dig growing, smart composting and mulching, and planting a variety of edible perennials that also attract pollinators help restore habitat. Choose plants that cycle more carbon to soil than others. Rethink spaces otherwise devoted to lawn to rewild any plot of land, large or small. 
Exquisitely photographed and with helpful sidebars on topics including easy ways to improve your nature quotient, cultivate soil, foster biodiversity, companion plant for pollinators, sequester carbon, and go beyond organic. Grow Now is an actionable, hopeful, and joyful roadmap for growing our way to a better today and future.

What Thought Leaders Are Saying About GROW NOW

Grow Now is an earth manual that applies to everyone everywhere. Regenerating life begins with our hands, the soil, and our heart. Plants and gardens are how we bring the earth back to life and bring ourselves back to life. Take this book and go outside, stay outside, and transform outside. You will not be the same person if you do, and you could not have a better, more thoughtful and informed mentor.”  —Paul Hawken, author, Regeneration, Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation.

“Emily Murphy spells out an optimistic and actionable approach to gardening as a means of tending ourselves, our neighbors, and our planet. GROW NOW calls on all of us to take our imperative and rightful place in nature.” — Lorene Edwards Forkner, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables and retired editor, Pacific Horticulture Magazine

“We are surrounded by environmental crisis, and here is something that everybody can do. “Change starts at home”, regenerate your garden, improve your health – and it’s not difficult or time-consuming. Emily explains no dig and how to do it, how to make compost in a range of situations, and how to grow an amazingly huge range of food more easily. Let her help you to find this new normal.” —Charles Dowding, No dig gardener, writer, teacher

“Emily Murphy’s Grow Now shows how home gardens can be one of the biggest forces to improve our health, rebuild nature, reduce pollution, and reverse climate change.  The time has never been more urgent for 96 million US households who participate in lawns and garden activities (in 2020) to join forces for the benefit of themselves and the planet.” — Will Rapp, Founder and Chairman of Gardener’s Supply Company and Intervale Center

“Emily Murphy wants to change the world by convincing you to grow plants with impact and high ecological value. With her energy, knowledge, and passion, she might just do it!” —Doug Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope and The Nature of Oaks

“This is the gardening book we need today. The principles and practices that Emily explores are exactly what modern society needs to embrace and shift from conventional farming practices to more holistic and regenerative agriculture – even in small spaces! Grow Now beautifully and boldly showcases how conscientious gardening can nourish your body, spirit, native wildlife, future generations, and the planet – all at once.” —Deanna Talerico, creator of Homestead and Chill

“An encouraging primer on gardening as a way to combat climate change….New gardeners will find this a fine starting point, and those with dirt already under their nails will enjoy the nudge to try something new.” —Publishers Weekly

“Murphy’s reframing of gardening as a critical factor in mitigating global warming makes this book so potentially impactful in the hands of a beginning gardener. With a list of related sources and a bibliography, Murphy offers a positive and doable approach to addressing our climate crisis.” —Booklist

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