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,

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

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

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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

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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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Recently in My Garden + Assorted And Sundry

I’m on a staycation of sorts. The last month and a half was overbooked and I’m exhausted. Burned out. Frazzled. Fried. I am trying to relearn that there is nothing noble or brag-worthy about working yourself to the bone at the expense of your health and wellbeing. There is much gardening and preserving to do.

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Recently in My Garden + Assorted and Sundry

July was painfully hot and dry. The garden suffered and there were days when I was sure that I would lose a few plants as a result. August, on the other hand, has been wet and somewhat cool. I really can’t complain. I don’t remember the last time I watered anything other than the pots

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Banking the Bounty Workshop in New York

It has already been an exciting week full of new prospects and events (there are more to come), but to add to that I am thrilled to announce that in early September I will be traveling to the Berkshires in New York State to conduct a full-day workshop on saving seed and preserving garden bounty

A Way To Grow: A New Partnership

You may know fellow garden addict, writer, and general all-around badass Margaret Roach through her well-loved books, via the pages of Martha Stewart Living magazine (she was the first garden editor there), or through her superlative website, A Way to Garden. Today, I am thrilled to announce that Margaret and I are in the process

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Crocus ‘Spring Beauty’ + Assorted and Sundry

Yesterday I posted about the Cyclamen coum I was gifted by my friend Barry, and later that day I visited his cold greenhouse where his were in bloom along with many other botanical delights, including these Crocus biflorus ssp. isauricus ‘Spring Beauty’ (aka snow crocus) that he grew in a pot. The dark purple underside


February and March Happenings

There are some events and so forth coming down the pipeline that I thought I should mention. Interviews and Such: “Garden Guru Gayla Trail Talks Small-Space Gardening, Herbs, and Edible Flowers” (Treehugger): An interview with Colleen Vanderlinden on my new book and growing herbs and edible flowers. “Q&A With Garden Writer Gayla Trail” (Flower Forums):

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