You Grow Girl, The Book!

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening by Gayla Trail, 2005 Touchstone/Simon & Schuster

You Grow Girl is a hip and humorous how-to for the blossoming generation of crafty gals who want to get their garden on.

Written and designed by Gayla Trail, the creator of, You Grow Girl guides aspiring gardeners every step of the way in transforming a tiny fire escape or a suburban backyard into the lush garden of your dreams. Along with all the ins-and-outs of soil, seeds, sowing and growing, You Grow Girl is chock full of fun and funky projects that make gardening more than just growing plants. You will learn to grow and bag your own tea, make hand salve and hair rinse out of plants from your garden, transform thrift-store finds into cool containers, and even sew your own stylie gardening apron!

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You Grow Girl eliminates the intimidation factor and reveals how easy and enjoyable it can be to cultivate plants and flowers even when resources and space are limited. Divided into five sections: Plan, Plant, Grow, Bounty, and Chill, You Grow Girl takes you through the entire gardening experience:

  • Growing organic without chemicals or pesticides
  • Preparing Soil
  • Nurturing seedlings
  • Fending off Critters
  • Growing food and herbs in containers
  • Reaping the Bounty
  • Readying plants for winter
  • Preparing for the seasons ahead

Gayla also includes a wealth of ingenius and creative projects, such as:

  • Transforming your garden’s harvest into lush bath and beauty products
  • Growing a carnivorous plant bog container
  • Chalkboard pots
  • Transforming thriftstore finds into cool containers
  • Growing and bagging herbal tea
  • Concocting homemade pest repellants
  • Weaving a rustic fence from roadside scraps
  • Growing a garden for your cat
  • Making stepping stones from fallen leaves
  • Building a planter box for your deck or patio
  • Composting projects for apartment dwellers
  • Sew your own stylie garden apron
  • Make a garden journal from used gardening books
  • … and much, much more.

Witty, wise, and as practical as it is stylish, You Grow Girl is guaranteed to fire the imagination of aspiring gardeners, and prove that all it takes is a windowsill and a dream.

In addition to your local bookstore, the following online vendors are selling the book: