HGTV Gardens & Your Questions Answered

And just like that, spring is springing! I am very pleased to announce that I have been hired as a featured gardening expert as a part of HGTV’s new online garden initiative, HGTV Gardens.

In the coming months I will be writing a weekly column answering pressing and seasonally relevant garden questions sent in by readers (YOU!). The first one is dedicated to a problem we all have at this time of year: starting seeds on a windowsill. I may have a “fancy” (not really) seed starting setup AND a basement now, but for 15 years prior I crammed most of my seedlings onto old, wobbly windowsills and made due. I know how to make a windowsill work! And because I can never have enough space for seeds, I’ve found that I am still cramming the windowsills despite the “fancy” (not really) lighting setup. A bunch of alpine strawberry seedlings are growing there as I write this.

With each weekly column I hope to offer encouraging, practical and thrifty solutions, along with a few nuggets from my own experiences dealing with said problems. Since my answers are only as good as the questions I receive, I’d appreciate it if you’d head over there and offer up some questions to the HGTV team that I can write about in the coming weeks and months.

Hooray for spring!

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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14 thoughts on “HGTV Gardens & Your Questions Answered

  1. Congratulations! Next stop….. your own show on HGTV. I wasn’t even aware they were back into the gardening genre, I thought they had decided to go all home decorating. That’s great news! Now I will have to start checking out H(Garden)TV once again.

  2. Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing the seeds, especially looking at my tiny tomato seeds…They need your guidance! Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations! I’m just getting ready to start some seeds, and I really look forward to reading your column.

    I’m starting my first container garden this year, so I might have some questions for you as the season gets going!

  4. awesome! i can’t wait to read it.

    Do you have any advice on what to do about this years unusually warm spring? the last frost date in my area is around mothers day, but i’ve been in shorts and a tank top for over a week now, yet i’m still just starting seeds inside. can i plant outside early?

  5. Gayla – congrats! This is awesome news! I really like the changes I’m seeing with HGTV. It seems like they’re bringing some cool people on board across all the topics they cover and that’ll bring me back. I had kind of drifted away from them because I wasn’t loving their content.

    Looking forward to reading your articles over there!

  6. Gayla, can you please tell me where, in Toronto, you were able to find the steel shelving unit you use for your seed starting? Costco had them at one point but no longer. Thanks.

  7. So proud of you!! Looking forward to following this new venture of yours. You give such practical advice that it has to be a winner. Have all of your books that I keep at arms length and refer to them constantly. Keep up the good work!!

  8. I just bought your book and am enjoying it! I tend to get the winter blues so I have been starting seeds in my kitchen. I even have a herb garden on my kitchen windowsill that I have been using with my gourmets dinners. A little bit of green goes a long way to beating the blues!

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