- From: AltWeeklies.com (Originally published in Columbus Alive)
Green Thumbs Are the New Black
By Nikki Davis
“Just like knitting and Martha-style home-improvement are the seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Ã¢â‚¬Å“black,Ã¢â‚¬Â gardening is also getting props as the latest take on a perennial classic. In You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening (Fireside Books), graphic designer, photographer and Readymade magazine contributor Gayla Trail proudly reclaims yet another maligned Ã¢â‚¬Å“womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s activityÃ¢â‚¬Â from our mothersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ generation and makes it accessible for the 18-to-35 set.
Based on her award-winning website YouGrowGirl.com, Trail offers more than just the basics; she correctly observesÃ¢â‚¬â€and addressesÃ¢â‚¬â€the fact that most people arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the smiling owners of parking-lot sized gardens, but might have just a fire escape or windowsill to plant.
With instructions on everything from how to grow your own loofah (!) to cultivating and bagging herbal teas, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never look at those ubiquitous plastic pink sponges and generic teas the same again. A real-life urban gardener, the Toronto nativeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s transformation of her rooftop deck and neighboring vacant lot into a literal oasis has inspired an active online community where novices and experts exchange ideas, projects and support. And that probably makes green the new black.”