Lavender and Purple Sage

Herbs and Edible Flowers Growing Workshop

Next Saturday I’ll be giving a presentation at Plant World in Etobicoke, Ontario (in the suburbs of Toronto) on the topic of Growing Beautiful and Edible Herbs and Edible Flowers in Small Spaces (description below). The store will have copies of my first three books available for sale, including You Grow Girl, Grow Great Grub,

Purple Perilla aka Shiso

Summer Beverage Plants (and a Big Thank You)

Fresh sage blossoms are a tasty garnish in savoury, tomato-based beverages. Fortunately, it feels like my toothy saga is nearing the finish line. After a few consultations, I opted for an extraction of the offending tooth. It had a significant crack, and due to an experience Davin had some years ago and the options presented

Drinking the Summer Garden

The Gayla Requires Expensive Emergency Dental Surgery Sale!

On Thursday night I felt shooting pain radiating up my face from my jaw and an emergency visit to the dentist the next morning confirmed that I need a root canal or (god forbid) more. I have an appointment tomorrow to confirm. And so to raise funds, I am offering, for a limited time, the

Grow Great Grub translations

Announcing New Site, Birthdays, Book Translations

Welcome to the new homepage! Please clear your cache or it may look a bit crazy. Back when we launched the site with a new design, one of our longterm goals was to eventually roll out a format that allowed relevant seasonal content to come back up to the front page where you can

Grapefruit Bitters and Pomelo Gin

Holiday Gifts, Homemade Bitters, and Other Tangents

A Way to Garden Radio – I recently appeared as a guest on Margaret Roach’s weekly podcast to talk about Holiday gifts to make using plants and things gleaned from the garden. Click here to listen for free. To get your Holiday gift giving started, Margaret is giving away two garden-themed tees from our shop,

Plant Lover T-shirt Gardening Tee

Our Gardening T-Shirts are on Sale

All of our gardening tees are 15% off until November 24, 2013 when you use the coupon code: WITHLOVE at checkout. Click here to see the list of designs we are currently selling. p.s. This is the first and last time I will post a selfie to the site. Promise.

You Grow Girl redesign

New New New Site Design

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages: please refresh your browsers. I am pleased to report that the site has been redesigned! All of the praise goes directly to Davin Risk who is wholly responsible for the work that has been done so far, including the gorgeous illustrations and hand drawn type. In the coming


After Which She Went Home and Made the Filthiest Rhubarb Pie, EVER!

….but not before smoking a full pack of smokes. WARNING: This video is NSFW and definitely not something you want to watch if you are offended by the swears. The foraging woman in this video goes off something fierce. —— I’ve had some strange experiences gardening in a public space, a handful of which I

The Backyard Parables Winners Announced

The winners of “The Backyard Parables“ by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden have been randomly chosen and confirmed. 2 from the comments: Tina K and Melissa 1 from the newsletter: Joann H You can sign up for my free weekly email newsletter over here. The newsletter has been going now for three weeks. If

Spigarello Flowers

Italian Seed Pack Winners Announced

The winners of the five-pack of Italian heirloom seed varieties have been randomly chosen. They are: From the site: Comment #96 Ashley From the newsletter: Member #81 Colleen If you visited early, I have also written about the five varieties that were chosen. I plan to do more giveaways to members of the email newsletter

Photo by Gayla Trail: All Rights Reserved

Connecting by Email

For years I published a regular, email newsletter filled with site updates, pictures, contests, stories, and assorted garden-related ramblings… and then I stopped. People wrote to ask where the newsletter went and if I was okay and all I could think was, “It’s in my brain. If only I could will it from my brain

Photo by Gayla Trail: All Rights Reserved

An October Day in Pictures

I spent the day harvesting some of the last vegetables from the garden and photographing them. As this was happening I prepared jars for preserving, had pots of salsa verde and apple sauce on the stove, and packed several jars full of herbed salt. It was a busy day of multi-tasking, but I don’t mind.

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