The Real Dirt: Globe & Mail Kitchen Gardening Column

Gayla Trail: Globe & Mail column on edible gardening

I’m excited to announce that I will be writing a seasonal edible gardening column for The Globe & Mail that will be published most Saturdays in the Style/Life Section of the paper from now until fall. The first, introductory article was published today and is available for free viewing for a limited time on The Globe & Mail website.

It’s not too late to get started growing an edible summer bounty!

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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23 thoughts on “The Real Dirt: Globe & Mail Kitchen Gardening Column

  1. Gayla – very exciting and I enjoyed your article. I’m starting some containers this summer to teach my 2 year old where food comes from… we always had a garden growing up (my parents still do) so I couldn’t imagine my daughter not having the same benefits. Hopefully others with kiddies pick up on this in your article too!

  2. Excellent! I am a regular G&M reader, but live in the sticks. Will your column always appear in the online edition as well?

  3. Excellent! I am a regular online G&M reader, but live in the sticks. Will your column always appear in the online edition as well?

    I’m in the states, but I’m definitely going to following along!

    I’m such a big fan. Since reading your column, I’ve started vermicomposting and my first vegetable garden. I owe my first harvest you you! Kale, lettuce, swiss chard, lemon cucumbers, sweet dakota rose watermelon, black krim tomatotes, and zapotec tomatoes!!

    I’m so excited– even if I do have to brave suburban hoodlums (racoons)!


  5. Thanks so much for all of your warm wishes.

    phd: We’ve got 2 raccoon visitors this year.

    Erin: I think it will be online when it is published in the paper, but I believe they archive the online material after a certain # of weeks.

  6. just finished reading your first column very interesting overview .i know you’ll be getting into more detail and specific’s in future column’s.look forward to reading more (online i hope as we don’t get The Globe and Mail).

  7. What a great article! This article, plus my boyfriend reminding me that I sounded depressed every time I talked about not starting a garden this year, made me realized that I needed my garden. I grow one every year, usually a few herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and peppers. I had decided to skip this year because of several reasons that don’t seem so powerful right now.

    I read this article a couple of days ago. I got a tomato plant yesterday–yes, just one, silly I know, but I fell so good when I look at it. I also planted golden thyme, rosemary, and started some spinach and lettuce on my windowsill. I know is not much, but it’s mine and I love it!

  8. Gayla,
    I love your approach to gardening and your “anyone can do it anywhere” attitude. I am sending a link to your website to my daughter who moved to TO from Vancouver last year and has to live in an apartment. Fortunately it has a balcony where she can grow stuff in pots.
    Just one small request: dont call soil “dirt”.

  9. Donna: Yes, I do know the difference, and yes, I do know that soil is “proper”; however, I’m sorry but I reserve the right to continue to use “dirt.”

  10. I followed a link to your site from garden rant and am I ever glad. I like what you have to say and how you say it. Congratulations on your newspaper gig. I hope they appreciate what they’ve landed. I almost cancelled my subscription to our local (Virginia) paper 6 years ago when the garden writer “decided” to stop. I started reading online news, then blogs, as “our” paper further declined. Sunday’s paper went from the wraper to the recycling bin with barely a glance. If newspapers truely cover local events, as they claim to do, a good garden column is essential. Don’t know how things are in your neck of the woods, but down here box stores seem to dictate what gets in the news.

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