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.
I’m going to be on the CBC Radio program “Here & Now” today (Monday) talking about the book, gardening and YouGrowGirl.com. I will be on at approx. 4:20 pm and a second time at 4:50 pm.
I had a table at Seedy Saturday over the weekend where I sold some books and t-shirts. The turnout was great and I got to meet a lot of people who visit the site. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and stopped by my table to say hi.
I regret that this year I was so busy I didn’t really get a chance to look around at the other booths. I didn’t buy one pack of seeds nor did I even glance at the seed trading table! Instead I gave away a stack of seeds. I did however have the presence of mind to pick up a half pound of worms for my vermicomposter. Yay for that.
-From: ReadyMade (March/April 2005.)
“In most cities, people outnumber plants. Urbanites seeking to correct the sprout-to-person ratio will find their action plan in Gayla Trail’s inspired book. Trail, who founded the hip, how-to site www.yougrowgirl.com in 2000, schools clueless downtowners on how to plan, grow, and maintain a mini garden on a windowsill or rooftop. Combining a renter’s pragmatism (one chapter covers planting on fire escapes) with a designer’s eye (she recommends the dramatic, spiky agave for its modernist good looks), Trail’s field guide is ideal for those who prefer a green ghetto to a manicured lawn.” – page 16
From: LATimes (March 10, 2005.)
The dirt on alt gardening
by Alexandria Abramian-Mott
“Looking for an antidote to the gardening how-to book written by estate-owning bluebloods with eponymous tea roses? Gayla Trail, a bona fide alt chick with the cat glasses and obscure ’80s rock T-shirts to prove it, has the dirt. She has distilled the gardening process into a series of bite-sized, quirkily written sections for a new generation of land- and time-deprived DIY females (males, too, if you skip the parts about growing loofa sponges and making peppermint foot scrubs.) Don’t have a patch of dirt to call your own? A fire escape or a window sill will do, writes Trail, who devotes many pages to container gardening.
The book is high on practical advice and written for an instant-messaging generation looking for snapshots, not diatribes, of information. All you need to know about soil pH levels is distilled into one short paragraph while sewing a funky gardening apron is given two pages.
Blended in with the basics are Trail’s homegrown ideas, such as starting seeds in Jell-O, burying wine bottles upside down to border a path and planting a garden for pets (her cat is named Ã¢â‚¬â€ what else? Ã¢â‚¬â€ Volton). She even suggests scooping up droppings left from police horses for free manure and practicing guerrilla gardening Ã¢â‚¬â€ growing plants on public property Ã¢â‚¬â€ as a way of fostering a green thumb.
Bluebloods need not apply.”