- From: Town Crier
Home & Garden Issue: Spring 2005
Press mentions of You Grow Girl, Gayla Trail, or her work and books.
- From: Town Crier
Home & Garden Issue: Spring 2005
There has been some confusion about my name recently, with reporters writing that my true surname is Sanders. Trail is infact my true surname. It is the name I was born with, and the name on my original birth certificate. Without going into a long-winded explanation, my name was changed to Sanders in childhood when my mother married and I have since changed it back.
So just to clarify, Trail is not a made-up name, but is my real surname passed down from my maternal grandmother, to whom I dedicated the book.
From: Saucy Magazine
“This is the gardening book I wish I could have had when I started out gardening. New gardeners will find this book to be a fine primer on planning a garden (whether in-ground or in containers), sowing seeds, planting, growing and harvesting, making compost, and coping with garden diseases and pests, and experienced gardeners will also enjoy its style, energy, ideas and attitude.
You Grow Girl is written in a casual, conversational tone, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s never dumbed-down: plants are referred to by botanical name (and the book tells you why: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Using Latin names sounds nerdy and pretentious, especially when common names are so easy, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually a valuable communication tool that will make asking questions at the nursery and talking to other gardeners a whole lot clearer. Plus, it makes you feel really smart.Ã¢â‚¬Â). Instructions are never given as mere commands from on high, but are accompanied by sensible, clear-cut and convincing explanations (Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thinning: Your little seedlings are going to shoot up like power plants. Just when theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking their best, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to show some tough love. A bunch of tightly packed seedlings can become sickly as they fight for root space, light, and nutrition. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a brutal job, but sacrificing a few will be worth it in the long runÃ¢â‚¬Â).
Urban gardeners will be thrilled to find step-by-step instructions on growing not just flowers, but food, on their fire escapes, windowsills or balconies — and may be inspired to join or start up a community garden. You Grow Girl takes you beyond the garden with ideas for botanical and gardening crafts ranging from the practical (building a planter box) to the fanciful (starting a carnivorous plant container bog garden). ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s refreshing to find these projects presented with the attitude of “hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool to do as a gift for a friend or a gift to yourself,” rather than as an imaginary merit badge competition. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve already decided to try the gardening apron sewing project (and the chive-blossom infused vinegar project, the chicken-wire cloche project, and the lavender-and-calendula gardener hand salve projectÃ¢â‚¬Â¦).
Although the back cover proclaims that Ã¢â‚¬Å“this is not your grandmotherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gardening book,” the lessons in this book are timeless. What you can learn about how to garden from this book will remain viable long after the low-slung trousers on its cover have gone in and out of fashion a few times — and even after itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remembered a generation or two from now as having been someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grandmotherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gardening book.”- Chan Stroman
There has been lots of excitment here in You Grow Girl land so I’ll start with updating my trip to New York and work from there. But before I do I am proud to announce that the You Grow Girl book has gone for a second printing! Woo Hoo!
The weather in New York was fairly schizophrenic with bright, sunshiny goodness one day and cold rain and thunderstorms the next. Thankfully the weather was great for the party at GRDN in Brooklyn. Thanks to Suzanne and her team who did an amazing job as hosts providing lots of good eats and treats. The store was fabulous and I was very impressed by the selection of plants in stock. In addition to herbs they had a really spectacular selection of lithops (only $3.00 each). I wanted to bring some home very badly but alas it is not legal to take plant material over the border so I had to be satisfied with looking. I made several unsuccessful attempts to persuade locals to buy one so I could live vicariously through them.
Photos: Outside GRDN, Outside with full view, Outside View 2, Y’All Stars, Y’All Stars again, party people, food spread, book browsing, book signing, Suzanne in the background, Cal in the foreground, more partiers, strawberry pot demonstration.
Photos of the event were taken by Davin Risk.
Earlier in the day I had an interview and photoshoot in the Sixth Street and Avenue B Community Garden in the East Village for a Dutch newspaper. I was interviewed by Beertje and photographed by Keetja Allard. The article comes out in Holland in a week or so but here are some photos taken by Davin Risk documenting the shoot. 1, 2, 3
I was greatly impressed by the East Village Gardens and managed to run into a large number of them by chance just walking around. Some photos:
- Sixth Street & Avenue B, the garden. Cold hardy opuntia. The gardens were definitely ahead in New York. Hands
- The Creative Little Garden
- 110 East Houston St.
- A creative use for old piping.
- This sign placed amidst a patch of Japanese Knotweed is great.
I have lots more community garden photos to share but they are all taken with film and I haven’t gotten to them yet.