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Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces [Paperback]

Gayla Trail
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Feb. 7 2012
Growing a handful of herbs and edible flowers adds sparkle to dozens of meals year-round. Fortunately for us, these plants are not fussy. They’re simple to grow and will fit into any space you can provide, including a crack in a broken patio stone, the step next to your front door, or a windowsill. In Easy Growing, Gayla Trail—author of Grow Great Grub and creator of the top online gardening community, YouGrowGirl.com—shares the tips, ideas, and know-how you need to raise delicious organic edibles wherever you can squeeze in a planter.
Herbs give big rewards with a small amount of work—even the most inexperienced, space-strapped gardener will have success. This handbook includes:

   • Guidance on choosing the right plants, designing dazzling in-ground gardens and striking edible containers, and growing herbs indoors year-round
   • Ins and outs of growing fifty different plants and hundreds of varieties, from warm and aromatic Mojito mint to peppery nasturtium flowers, from fruity lemon verbena to exotic cinnamon basil, and more
   • Handy tricks for winterizing plants and extending the outdoor growing period
   • Simple recipes for cooking with and preserving your harvest: Herb-Encrusted Goat Cheese; Homegrown Bloody Mary Mix; Lavender Shortbread; Orange, Rosemary, and Honey Ice Cream
   • Upcycling projects based on reusable materials
Perfect for novice gardeners and longtime enthusiasts looking for inspiration, Easy Growing is a fun, power-packed resource for creating a delicious herb garden anywhere.

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"Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers for Small Spaces is a scrumptious book. Blogger Gayla Trail, author of You Grow Girl and Grow Great Grub, knows what to share and how to show it so that anyone—from beginners to experienced gardeners—will want to dig right in."
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About the Author

GAYLA TRAIL is the creator of the hit gardening site and online community YouGrowGirl.com. She is a regular contributor to magazines and frequently speaks on urban gardening, ecology, and community at major garden events. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, ReadyMade, Domino, Budget Living, Sierra magazine, Gardening Life, Los Angeles Times, Life magazine, and more. She is the author of Grow Great Grub and You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening.

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5.0 out of 5 stars beatiful book Oct. 17 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a book written by somebody who loves gardening and enjoys the products of her work. The photos are beautiful, the growing instructions are clearly written, the recipes are fun to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspiring Feb. 25 2012
By Carol E. - Published on Amazon.com
Gayla Trail's newest book "Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces" is a pleasurable read, especially in the throes of Winter. I'll admit to being drawn to any good gardening book, but this one has a couple points in its favor to push it to the top of your "wish list."

First off, if you love edible flowers like I do, or just want to plant flowers that aren't poisonous to your children or pets, this book has great recommendations. It includes information on what to plant, how the different flowers (& herbs) taste and some recipes for how to use them. Besides all of this- I love that it's written from an American perspective since most books on edible flowers these days seem to come from Britain. Nothing against the Brits, but I want to know what grows well here (and I don't want to have to convert things from Metric.)

The second point in the books' favor relates to her rating system for projects. Approximately the first half of the book covers gardening basics. Chapters 4-7 include a variety of projects which are rated for difficulty. This is a boon to both beginner gardeners and experienced gardeners alike. Start with something simple.

Pictures throughout the book show what the plants should look like at maturity, and I am impressed that each recipe has an accompanying picture as well. Over all, the book is a good investment of your $20. This is not just another gardening book to fill your shelf, it's a beautiful handbook to use again and again.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Feb. 20 2012
By P. L. Stern - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book; I've been gardening for years and found this to be full of useful information. Great photos really help identify plants! The author is very clear on what parts of each plant is edible, provides a lot of "how to" tips, and includes some fabulous recipes - pesto anyone? Full of ideas on how to choose the right varieties, grow an herb garden practically anywhere, shows you what to look for when you suspect garden pests, and provides harvesting info. Love this book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat and informative May 10 2012
By Joanne of Joanneunleashed website - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone can begin growing herbs and edible flowers year-round by following the advice found in Easy Growing by Gayla Trail, a book filled with photographs and helpful hints from an experienced and passionate gardener. The book is divided into three sections:

Section One: Growing an Herb Garden. This section provides concise instructions on the basics of growing: preparing pots, soil requirements, growing in the ground, air flow, heat, water, sunlight, drainage, fertilizer, aesthetics, pests, diseases, choosing herbs, keeping weedy plants under control, seasonal maintenance, starting from seed, cloning, growing under lights, extending the season, and preparing for dormancy.

Section Two: The Plants. In this section Trail describes the uses and particular needs of 29 of her most indispensable plant families and some species within that family. For example, under the family moist soil umbellifers, she includes chervil, lovage, and parsley. Each plant description includes a legend indicating the plant's growing requirements and which part of the plant is edible.

Section Three: Keeping Stock: Gather, Preserve, Eat. So what do you do with all those herbs and flowers you've grown? This section discusses using and preserving the bounty and includes several recipes, such as sorrel and potato soup, chive blossom vinegar, and orange rosemary and honey ice cream. Yum!

Easy Growing is a great guide that will help you decide which herbs and edible flowers you want to grow within the space you have available and how to bring them successfully to harvest.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like it but don't love it the way I do Grow Great Grub March 25 2013
By Sharry Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Gayla Trail and was first introduced to her by her other book Grow Great Grub, which I absolutely love and use all the time. Granted her book Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces is a book with more specific information on growing it still doesn't top Grow Great Grub. I find that there are more useful information in Grow Great Grub. When I can't find the information I want in Easy Growing I turn to Grow Great Grub or I tend to use both books to get the most info on a certain plant, this tells me that Easy Growing doesn't have ALL the info on edible herbs and flowers. Never the less, it is a great book and if you're ONLY concerned with edible herbs and flowers then I would suggest foregoing Grow Great Grub and purchase Easy Growing instead.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars makes herb gardening fun and worthwhile for all March 28 2012
By Violetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't familiar with this author's books before acquiring this one, but I now think she is an excellent writer--enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and full of interesting ideas about growing herbs and edible flowers in any space. Gayla Trail has ample experience growing plants in tiny spaces, and she often gives advice that makes readers want to try, even if they haven't done much gardening before. There's a lot of detail here too for the more experienced gardener, and even some projects that children would enjoy, such as growing lemon grass from a grocery-store starter, or growing ginger from an organic bulb. I love the recipes in this book, which are really imaginative too. One of the suggestions is making Bloody Mary mix from late-season tomatoes. I never thought of that!

This book would make an outstanding gift to anyone, whether they garden or not. It's inspiring for all levels and would appeal in particular to readers under 30, because the author has a youthful style and appeal herself. That's not to say it won't appeal to older readers--it certainly does--but gardening books with a youthful spin are hard to find when you're looking for a gift. For even more detail and for expert advice on herbs and edible flowers, check out Lois Hole's "Herbs and Edible Flowers" too. It's also a great book.
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