Front cover of Do Grow by Alice Holden Line drawing of a wheelbarrow and photo of runner beans in a basket Introduction and Millie Marotta line drawing illustration of a watering can Photo of home-grown tomatoes on a plate and list of recipes 3 crates of vegetables filled with tomatoes, courgettes and swiss chard Photo of grower author Alice Holden in poly-tunnel with green plants Text about Ballymaloe cookery school over photo of courgette flowers

Do Grow – Start with 10 simple vegetables Alice Holden

Ever wanted to grow your own but don’t have the time, the space, or even know where to start? Alice Holden, one of Britain’s most pioneering female growers, has spent her life outdoors working on small and large scales – from kitchen gardens to commercial farms. In this, her first book, she’ll help optimise the space and time available to you – even if it’s a window box and 10 minutes a week.

Find out:

  • The basic tools you need to get started
  • How to make a raised bed and why you need one
  • A recipe for compost
  • How to increase your chances of success

With delicious recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pam Corbin and others that Alice has worked with over the years, Do Grow will inspire you to change your view. And plant an edible garden.

This UK edition includes a free ebook download. 
If you're a customer in North America, click here for the Chronicle Books edition. 


  • Focuses on just 10 vegetables and gives enough basic info to get started
  • Contains colour photographs and line drawings throughout
  • Aimed at busy people short on time and space
  • Includes recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and others
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‘Do read Alice Holden's new book Do Grow: Start with 10 simple vegetables. Looks great and really practical.’
Monty Don
‘A great little book jam-packed with brilliant gardening info.’
Rachel Allen, chef and bestselling author
‘This book really opened my eyes to the importance of soil. I now feel connected to the earth in a way that I didn’t before… If you wanted to start your own growing space it doesn’t matter whether you have a pot on a windowsill or a hectare of land, this book is applicable and inspiring.’
Hanna Snailham

About the author

Alice Holden, one of Britain’s most pioneering female growers, has spent her life outdoors working on small and large scales – from the kitchen gardens of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage to commercial farms. Currently she is head grower at Growing Communities, an award-winning social enterprise in Hackney, who run an organic box scheme, farmers’ market and urban food production sites.

Alice’s Do Lecture: How to get young people to love the land

Alice represents a small group of young people who are choosing a career on the land. She will tell us how and why the work captured her and perhaps even challenge our notions of what it means to be a farmer.

Product Details

Dimensions: 120x178mm
ISBN: 978-1-907974-02-1
eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-07-6


All editions contain 17 line drawings by Millie Marotta and full colour photography.

Paper & print details

Paperback editions are printed by Livonia Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper.