I’m giving an urban container gardening workshop this week at GrassRoots on the Danforth.
Urban Gardening: No Backyard Required
When: Wednesday, May 11th 2005. 7:30-9:00
Where: Grassroots 372 Danforth Ave (at Chester subway)
$10 (5$ students/seniors/unwaged)
PRE-REGISTRATION is necessary!
To register please call 416-944-1993 or visit either Grassroots location
Details: Your patio, balcony, or fire-escape is a potential garden waiting to happen. In this workshop Gayla will guide you through the ins and outs of growing lush flowers, herbs, and tasty organic vegetables in containers. Learn thrifty techniques, how to deal with problem areas, and find out about plants suited to container growing.
This month will go down as the wackiest April in recent memory. We had some unseasonably warm days followed by a handful of cold, grey, wet days. Yesterday was sunny one minute, and literally hailing ice pellets the next! Thankfully I did manage to set aside a few hours on one of the warmer days to clean up my street-side garden. I did very little clean up last fall and it had devolved over the winter months into an embarassing mess. My clean up consisted of a few basic tasks:
- From: VENUS Magazine Spring 2005
From: Library Journal Review
“Reaching a new audience, this gardening book is as fresh and funky as the web site that inspired it. A professional print designer before turning to web design, Trail couldn’t find gardening information geared toward young, hip, frugal, urban gardeners like herself, so she used her skills to create YouGrowGirl.com in early 2000. Like the acclaimed site, the book is artsy but informative. Highly appropriate for beginners, it covers the basics of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, and reflecting on your garden successes. Trail’s organic and inexpensive methods for growing flowers, food, and herbs are practical for postage stamp-sized yards or even city fire escapes. Interspersed are offbeat projects like pest prophylactics, home-sewn tea bags, and a garden memory journal made of recycled materials.
The creative design uses a nice combination of drawings and photos, while the author’s edgy attitude and language are reminiscent of clever, suburban garden writer Cassandra Danz. Though other organic gardening books are prevalent, this introduction is recommended to public libraries catering particularly to twentysomethings and small-space gardeners. “- Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee
I will be one of four women speaking on the topic of “Sanctuary in the City” this weekend at The Toronto Botanical Gardens.
From the website:
Ultimate Gardening Workshop: Sanctuary in the City
Virginia Burt, Gayla Trail, Ann Hagedorn, Karen Michaud.
As city dwellers, we long for an escape from the traffic and respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Four down-to-earth gardening gals will offer you practical solutions in establishing a healthy connection with nature by designing a sanctuary and stress free-zone in your very own backyard.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Public $50 ($65 includes Lunch) / Members $40 ($55 includes lunch)