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Gayla Trail
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Book Description

March 2 2005
This is not your grandmother's gardening book. You Grow Girl is a hip, humorous how-to for crafty gals everywhere who are discovering a passion for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers into a reality.
Gayla Trail, creator of, provides guidance for both beginning and intermediate gardeners with engaging tips, projects, and recipes -- whether you have access to a small backyard or merely to a fire escape. You Grow Girl eliminates the intimidation factor and reveals how easy and enjoyable it can be to cultivate plants and flowers even when resources and space are limited. Divided into accessible sections like Plan, Plant, and Grow, You Grow Girl takes readers through the entire gardening experience:
  • Preparing soil
  • Nurturing seedlings
  • Fending off critters

  • Reaping the bounty
  • Readying plants for winter
  • Preparing for the seasons ahead

Gayla also includes a wealth of ingenious and creative projects, such as:
  • Transforming your garden's harvest into lush bath and beauty products
  • Converting household junk into canny containers
  • Growing and bagging herbal tea
  • Concocting homemade pest repellents

...and much, much more.
Witty, wise, and as practical as it is stylish, You Grow Girl is guaranteed to show you how to get your garden on. All you need is a windowsill and a dream!

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While this book's subtitle may be an overstatement-despite the quirky illustrations and chatty style, there isn't much "groundbreaking" advice here-the book itself is a competent guide to getting a little dirt under your fingernails. Trail, a graphic designer, writer, gardener and creator of, believes gardening, like knitting and crocheting, has become cool again. Her advice to young women who want to take up the hobby is "follow your heart." Gardening doesn't have to be intimidating, she says, and her book certainly proves that. In instructional subdivisions such as "Mulch, Love It or Leave It" and "Not Your Grandmother's Gardening Apron," she coaches readers on basic aspects of gardening, keeping her tone light and her advice simple. Chapters detail planting, growing, collecting bounty (like herbs, fruits and vegetables) and preparing a garden for winter. Each project-from assembling devices to keep pests away to instructions for growing potted tomatoes-is marked to show its difficulty level, and Trail is equally attuned to the needs of both city dwellers and those with more space to develop their green thumb. 100 color photos.
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About the Author

Gayla Trail created her acclaimed gardening website,, in 2000. A graphic designer, writer, photographer, and gardener, she has contributed to BUST and ReadyMade magazines as a gardening guru. She lives in Toronto.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, informative, easy to read guide for beginners April 17 2005
By A Customer
Although I've had a garden before, I've always bought ready-to-transplant plants and pre-mixed topsoil, so I decided this year was time to start learning a bit more about growing things.
I bought this book not only because it was cute, but also because it had a lot of little extras, while still providing an overview of the basics in an easy-to-take manner. I mean, after flipping through several gardening encyclopedias, my head was spinning, and this little book prevented me from having to leave the bookstore in discouragement.
It covers the necessaries, like what those numbers mean on the fertilizer bags, how to sow the seeds, transplanting, dealing with bugs, etc. But it also shows you money-saving techniques like testing your own soil, how to make your own teabags (yay! - I have rampant peppermint - also has a recipe for peppermint foot scrub), making an irrigation system out of old pop bottles, herb drying, seed harvesting. This isn't in-depth Advanced Horticulture, just a little of everything to get you started. There are lots of reference books out there for the master gardener; finally here is a realistic, light-hearted guide for the new hobby gardener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much in it, I couldn't use it all this year! July 10 2011
By Rayissa
This book was great! I bought this with 3 others to help with my gardening skills in flowers/plants and veggies. It has so many tips and pointers that I have sticky notes sticking out all over it and highlights in different colors. I actually read it from cover to cover and enjoyed the tone and friendly attitude of the book. It had great ideas in it, green ideas in it, and you could tell the writer has a love of gardening and all things green.

From this book, what really resonated with me was the advice about container gardens, which was easy to follow. Her tips on what to do in different seasons as gardening is not just spring and summer. And different remedies for troubleshooting and treating problems.

There's fun projects in there like chalkboard clay pots you do -it-yourself. Copper name plaques. Mounted painted coffee can pots in beautiful colors for window boxes.

Fun, easy-to-read, up-to-date, relevant to today's culture and tone. Will come to this one again and again and suspect I will be reading it in the dead of winter to keep me inspired for next year's garden.

I Grow Girl!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the new gardener March 7 2005
By mom22cherubs - Published on
This book is fantastic. I have been gardening for 8 years and I wish I had had this book when I started. Even though it's target audience is the young city dweller. I, a suburban housewife and mother of two, find it more useful than all my other gardening books (I love Martha, but I just don't have that kind of time or money!).

All the basics are here, distilled into an easy to read format that is fun to read and ispiring. In addition, the book has lots of fun projects that are affordable and easy.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring - a great primer for organic and urban gardening! Jan. 14 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Great book about gardening, particularly urban and organic gardening. The author's passion for gardening just exudes from this book and inspires me to grow things and get my hands dirty! It provides a very good lesson on what can and should be done; however, it doesn't go into a great deal of specifics (but how can it, since it covers so much ground!)... you will need to do more homework to do what you are inspired by this book to do. Fortunately there is a great list of resources in the back. You Grow Girl also contains a lot of garden-related projects (like making a gardening tool belt (apron), making seed packets, and making herbal bath & body products. Highly recommended reading, especially right before spring! YOU GROW GIRL! (For additional resources, and to get a feel for how material is presented, visit the website!!)
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings the fun into gardening.... April 29 2005
By C. Tucker - Published on
I ran across [...] and found this book. It's given me a completely different perspective on gardening....from clueless to hopeful. After reading this book I feel I have the confidence to grow things that don't die after the first week. The book was very easy to read, very colourful and interesting. I highly recommend it to someone who is even just slightly interested in plants.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for very new gardeners April 2 2012
By Laura McDonough - Published on
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I can see how this book would be useful for someone just starting out, or who has maybe grown a few flowers in pots/containers, but never jumped into something more serious. I am on my 2nd vegetable garden (started last year) and I am clearly well beyond what is offered in this book.

I was hoping to get more info on growing vegetables & herbs --more details on best ways to plant, feed, water, and when to harvest. I got almost nothing out of the book for these topics.

It's a fine book if you are really starting out and unsure of yourself, but not if you understand how to start things up already. I'm just tired of searching on the interest every time I have a question, given the quality of advice out there is really hit or miss. Guess I'm going to keep searching.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Oct. 22 2005
By Mark Twain - Published on
Although I question the subtitle (not much groundbreaking info here!), I love this book. I have a number of fat, wordy gardening tomes, but this provides the most essential, critical info in a short, simple format. Great job!
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