- From: BITCH Magazine Spring 2005
“How can you not be inspired by a gardening guru who sports a Joy Division t-shirt, a practical (and stylish) homemade gardening apron, and cat-eye glasses? Taking cues from feminist DIY manifestos like Stitch n’ Bitch and Get Crafty, Gayla Trail, creator of YouGrowGirl.com, invites you to take it outside. Don’t have a ayard? Don’t worry — Trail offers up a weatlth of info on guerilla gardening on city streets and vacant loys, community gardening, container gardening in wondow boxes or on fire escapes, as well as full-on backyard planting. You Grow Girl covers everything you need to know about developing a green thumb, from soil conditions to seed starting to pest management to composting, and more. Ample photos and Leela Corman’s cute, clear illustrations provide helpful visual cues, not to mention a pleasing read.” -R.F.
- From: AltWeeklies.com (Originally published in Columbus Alive)
Green Thumbs Are the New Black
By Nikki Davis
“Just like knitting and Martha-style home-improvement are the seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Ã¢â‚¬Å“black,Ã¢â‚¬Â gardening is also getting props as the latest take on a perennial classic. In You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening (Fireside Books), graphic designer, photographer and Readymade magazine contributor Gayla Trail proudly reclaims yet another maligned Ã¢â‚¬Å“womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s activityÃ¢â‚¬Â from our mothersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ generation and makes it accessible for the 18-to-35 set.
Based on her award-winning website YouGrowGirl.com, Trail offers more than just the basics; she correctly observesÃ¢â‚¬â€and addressesÃ¢â‚¬â€the fact that most people arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the smiling owners of parking-lot sized gardens, but might have just a fire escape or windowsill to plant.
With instructions on everything from how to grow your own loofah (!) to cultivating and bagging herbal teas, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never look at those ubiquitous plastic pink sponges and generic teas the same again. A real-life urban gardener, the Toronto nativeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s transformation of her rooftop deck and neighboring vacant lot into a literal oasis has inspired an active online community where novices and experts exchange ideas, projects and support. And that probably makes green the new black.”
-From: The National Post (March 26, 2005.)
Just a reminder that the Book Launch Party is coming up this Wed night at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Details can be found here.
The view on my deck is looking somewhat more inviting today. I did not take a photo but it is warmer and brighter with remnants of snow and ice.
Just a reminder that the Book Launch Party is this Wed night at the Gladstone Hotel. The party starts at 8:00 and should go until midnight. Be sure to arrive early to get in on the raffle. I’ll be giving away copies of the book, t-shirts and some other goodies. There will also be nibbles, plant giveaways and a mystery seed swap (bring a seed or two although I will provide seeds for those who don’t have any).
And of course there will be music by the famous and fabulous DJ General Eclectic. Special thanks to InAbstracto (1160 Queen Street) for the promotional window display!
See this entry for further details.