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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 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A Fireside Book/ Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. (March 2, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0743270142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270144
  • ASIN: B000IFS0NQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,898,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gayla Trail is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the creator of the popular gardening project, YouGrowGirl.com and the author of three books on gardening: You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces, and "Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces as well as an in-demand gardening personality and spokesperson with a focus on urban gardening, growing food, sustainable living, and community. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; ReadyMade; Domino; Budget Living; and more.

Gayla's love for gardening began with parsley seeds planted in a Styrofoam cup when she was five years old. Inspired by the potato plants her grandmother grew in a bucket on her senior centre's fire escape, Gayla has always gardened in whatever space she had available, including a hot and exposed building rooftop, a community plot, windowsills, shared yard space, fire escapes, a concrete parking pad, stoop steps, and a small urban backyard.

Customer Reviews

It's a great book for anyone interested in gardening.
gardener
After reading this book I feel I have the confidence to grow things that don't die after the first week.
C. Tucker
I was a beginning gardener looking for a book that was fun, hip, easy, and full of useful information.
T. Yee

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By mom22cherubs on March 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
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! yougrowgirl.com!)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Tucker on April 29, 2005
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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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Laura McDonough on April 2, 2012
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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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on October 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bold Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2010
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This is a fun and informative book for all ages.

First of all, if you don't have this book and you're serious about gardening, just order it. You don't need to read all of my long review. Don't let the name fool you. The information would be helpful to anyone. A confidence builder for newer gardeners? You bet!

You Grow Girl is well written and done in a way that makes it fun to read while giving you lots of great information! I really enjoyed this book. You can't go wrong with anything written by this author. I've learned more than I thought I would learn, without being afraid of making a mistake. She makes gardening easier. She shows that it can also be fun, not just a chore. I think she must be a joyful person, because it shows in her writing.

This particular book is appropriate for varying levels of gardening experience and it covers a great deal of material in a simple, easy-to-follow manner. There are pros and cons of various kinds of pots and containers and specific recommendations for those of us with dry, poor soil, compact soil, sunny and wet soil, shady and wet, and/or wet, poor soil. If you like to make planter boxes, you'll find instructions on how to do it. That's only one way the author helps readers to save money or, as she puts it, "Getting Your Fix Without Getting Burned." Readers learn how to determine if a plant you're considering is healthy or not and how to decode those tags on plants at the store.

I've got notes from the "Annuals, Biennials, Perennials" section on self-seeders, more notes on soil pH, nutrients and deficiencies and what will grow in the kind of soil you have. There is information on how to make compost, build and attach window boxes, and all about container planting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on August 29, 2005
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I purchased 2 of these books. One was for myself, I'm in my second year with a garden, and my friend who is interested in gardening, but didn't know where to start. It's easy to read and understand. The great pictures and quirky approach make is all seem like such a fun hobby. We were especially interested in organic gardening and the book made so many thing so much clearer for me. It was very realistic, since most of the other gardening books I have overwhelm me. This book is so easy to find things in, I use it as a reference tool and have tabbed a few pages so I can refer back to them over and over. The book is young and fun. I highly recommend it.
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