You Grow Girl Paperback – Mar 2 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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 www.YouGrowGirl.com, 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,YouGrowGirl.com, 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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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.
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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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.
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.