-From: ReadyMade (March/April 2005.)
“In most cities, people outnumber plants. Urbanites seeking to correct the sprout-to-person ratio will find their action plan in Gayla Trail’s inspired book. Trail, who founded the hip, how-to site www.yougrowgirl.com in 2000, schools clueless downtowners on how to plan, grow, and maintain a mini garden on a windowsill or rooftop. Combining a renter’s pragmatism (one chapter covers planting on fire escapes) with a designer’s eye (she recommends the dramatic, spiky agave for its modernist good looks), Trail’s field guide is ideal for those who prefer a green ghetto to a manicured lawn.” – page 16
From: LATimes (March 10, 2005.)
The dirt on alt gardening
by Alexandria Abramian-Mott
“Looking for an antidote to the gardening how-to book written by estate-owning bluebloods with eponymous tea roses? Gayla Trail, a bona fide alt chick with the cat glasses and obscure ’80s rock T-shirts to prove it, has the dirt. She has distilled the gardening process into a series of bite-sized, quirkily written sections for a new generation of land- and time-deprived DIY females (males, too, if you skip the parts about growing loofa sponges and making peppermint foot scrubs.) Don’t have a patch of dirt to call your own? A fire escape or a window sill will do, writes Trail, who devotes many pages to container gardening.
The book is high on practical advice and written for an instant-messaging generation looking for snapshots, not diatribes, of information. All you need to know about soil pH levels is distilled into one short paragraph while sewing a funky gardening apron is given two pages.
Blended in with the basics are Trail’s homegrown ideas, such as starting seeds in Jell-O, burying wine bottles upside down to border a path and planting a garden for pets (her cat is named Ã¢â‚¬â€ what else? Ã¢â‚¬â€ Volton). She even suggests scooping up droppings left from police horses for free manure and practicing guerrilla gardening Ã¢â‚¬â€ growing plants on public property Ã¢â‚¬â€ as a way of fostering a green thumb.
Bluebloods need not apply.”
Today’s view out on my deck.
Well gang, it’s March which means it’s time to get on the seed situation. I’ve gone as far as to move some plants around and hook up the *super fancy* electric warming mat. My lemongrass LOVES it, making me feel a little guilty about replacing it with a tray of seeds. I have to admit that I really haven’t spent much time looking through seed catalogues. I looked through the Richters catalogue but only got as far as deciding that this year I would suck up the $15 price tag and buy that wasabi plant I talked myself out last year.
The book is starting to make appearances in retail stores. I didn’t expect to see it so soon here in Canada but I was informed on Saturday night that some copies were spotted at Pages Books on Queen St. Of course I had to go see for myself! Check out the photos:
Come out and help me celebrate the launch of my book!
When: Wed. March 23 starts at 8:00pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West (Queen near Dufferin)
With a blend of soul, funk, Latin and jazz by DJ General Eclectic (Footprints, Turning Point). Come early for door prizes, CD giveaways and more!
PLUS: Bring a couple of seeds with you to the event and participate in a mystery seedling swap. [Thanks to Scott at EcoFlora for the great idea.]
Admission is FREE!
I hope to see you there.