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 YouGrowGirl.com 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

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Easy Growing Winners + Assorted and Sundry

My pup Molly in the garden. Thankfully she seems to enjoy relaxing on bark mulch just as much as this remaining patch of “grass” as we will be digging it out very soon. The winners of the Easy Growing give-away are: Comment #27 Donna B. Comment #48 Christy If this is you please check your

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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

Easy Growing Publication Day

Tomorrow is the big day! Tuesday, Feb 7 is the official release date of my new book Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces. It’s the day that the book shows up on store shelves, pre-orders are shipped, and the online ordering button is switched from “Pre-Order” to “Order.” I’m not yet

Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces

Here I Am. This is Me.

I loved school as a kid. It got me away from the stresses of the house and into a place where I was free to indulge in my love for reading and learning. While the social dynamics of the playground are rarely easy for any of us to navigate, school opened my mind to possibilities,


Easy Growing: Coming Soon

Black and white galley copies of my new book, Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces arrived on my doorstep late last week, signalling that we are one step closer to the publication date in early February 2012. If you’re a long-lead publication that would like to write a review or do

Grow Great Grub at Drawn & Quarterly

Last August, Davin and I took a short jaunt to Montreal to wind down following the final delivery of the Grow Great Grub layout. While there, we stopped at the Drawn & Quarterly book shop, called Librairie D + Q to pick up some new comics. Drawn & Quarterly are an independent comic book publisher

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The Little Book That Could

It’s been a month since my new book, “Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces” hit stores and a whole heck of a lot has happened during that time. I won’t go over everything — I just want to mention a few highlights for longevity. The first big news is that the book has

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First Sighting in the Wild & Ten Years!

It’s a big week over here as my new book, “Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces” (I’m already an expert at saying the title super fast) hits bookstores TODAY! Except that we spotted it at a Chapters/Indigo here in Toronto last night. If you pre-ordered a copy, it should be arriving any day


Preordering Grow Great Grub

About two weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised by the arrival of a copy of my new book, Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces, fresh off the presses. I had a hand in every facet of making this book, from writing to photography to designing the layout. The wear and tear on my

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Grow Great Grub

As I mentioned earlier today it’s been a L O N G year. Actually, it’s been a long year and a half. Or two years. Where am I? I’ve mentioned it briefly here and there but was finally given the go-ahead today to speak freely(ish) about the main project that has been taking up so

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