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
I will be one of four women speaking on the topic of “Sanctuary in the City” this weekend at The Toronto Botanical Gardens.
From the website:
Ultimate Gardening Workshop: Sanctuary in the City
Virginia Burt, Gayla Trail, Ann Hagedorn, Karen Michaud.
As city dwellers, we long for an escape from the traffic and respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Four down-to-earth gardening gals will offer you practical solutions in establishing a healthy connection with nature by designing a sanctuary and stress free-zone in your very own backyard.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Public $50 ($65 includes Lunch) / Members $40 ($55 includes lunch)
- 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.
The day after the Launch Party I dragged my weary body out of bed and headed west to an area north of High Park called Baby Point to have my picture taken for Gardening Life magazine. Crazy! I brought Davin along so he could a.) keep me awake and make sure I got home okay in my half-comatose state and b.) take pictures.
The shoot was set up at a little garden shop called “The Flower Room.” The place smelled heavenly, and I was very relieved to find out that they would be taking my photo indoors rather than outside in the brisk winter air (in a t-shirt no less) as was previously arranged. I was feeling exceptionally unglamorous but look pretty much like myself (a very weary and exhausted version of me) sporting what I am now calling my “Official Press Photo Uniform.” It’s the best outfit for the day!
Here are some photos Davin took to document the procedure: