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You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

by Gayla Trail

Rated: None

What do you do if you want to grow a garden, but the only outside space you have is a windy fire escape? Or what if you have nothing but a sunny windowsill? What if you have a yard, but you don’t have a lot of money to throw around? You garden anyway! The premise of this book is that anyone, anywhere, can grow something. Like the author, Gayla Trail, says, “Especially in urban centers where greenery is sparse and most people spend their days chained to a computer screen, people are discovering that not only can nature co-exist with city life, but it actually enhances it.”

This book is clearly aimed at young women, but the information here is so good that I think anyone who’s interested should read it (or you could visit YouGrowGirl.com, which is just as good). The book covers the gardening process from beginning to end, and it has lots of colorful illustrations and photos. Also included are instructions for gardening-type projects, like chalkboard pots and chive blossom-infused vinegar.

I love Gayla’s laid-back approach to gardening. I’ve read this book twice — once when it first came out in 2005, which happened to be when I was first getting into gardening, and again this year. Both times, I’ve come away from this book feeling encouraged, like I could actually get out there and grow something awesome. And I have! All I have is a back deck, but right now I’m growing basil, broccoli, oregano, and marigolds. And I’m not a green thumb, by any means. I’m not saying that Gayla’s a miracle worker, but she does give excellent, easy-to-use advice.

Rated: None. Absolutely none.

— Reviewed by Andrea Benson

Andrea Benson has been blogging, here and there, since 2003; she’s been reading since … well, since forever. She’s a homeschooling mommy to one and wife to a mad scientist.

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  • You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening
  • by Gayla Trail
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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