From: Library Journal Review
“Reaching a new audience, this gardening book is as fresh and funky as the web site that inspired it. A professional print designer before turning to web design, Trail couldn’t find gardening information geared toward young, hip, frugal, urban gardeners like herself, so she used her skills to create YouGrowGirl.com in early 2000. Like the acclaimed site, the book is artsy but informative. Highly appropriate for beginners, it covers the basics of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, and reflecting on your garden successes. Trail’s organic and inexpensive methods for growing flowers, food, and herbs are practical for postage stamp-sized yards or even city fire escapes. Interspersed are offbeat projects like pest prophylactics, home-sewn tea bags, and a garden memory journal made of recycled materials.
The creative design uses a nice combination of drawings and photos, while the author’s edgy attitude and language are reminiscent of clever, suburban garden writer Cassandra Danz. Though other organic gardening books are prevalent, this introduction is recommended to public libraries catering particularly to twentysomethings and small-space gardeners. “- Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee
- From: BUST April/May 2005
Guest post by Sampath Jagannathan
One man’s cheap and organic alternative to fancy store-bought grow bags.
Take a plastic bag.
Fill it with soil.
Scatter some seeds.
Let them grow.
They become bigger.
Cover the soil with:
Uncooked vegetable waste.
Tea and coffee grounds.
Water when the plant asks for water.
It won’t ask often.
Will it grow into a plant?
Will it flower?
Will it fruit?
It did for me.
- 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: The National Post (March 26, 2005.)