You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

by Gayla Trail

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ISBN-13: 9781439103517
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 06/16/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 34 MB
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About the Author

Gayla Trail created her acclaimed gardening website,, 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.

Table of Contents



• In the Beginning • Getting Gardening Fever

Chapter One: Plan

Spaces and Places

• Whatcha Got • Growing Guerrilla • Defining Space • Blazing Trails • Rustic Woven Twig Fence • Homegrown Stones • What to Do with a Chunk of Dirt • Planning and Design • Designing with Containers • Planter Box

Getting Your Fix without Getting Burned

• Who to Bring Home • Tag Decoding • Annuals, Biennials, Perennials • Plant Science

Chapter Two: Plant

Soiled Again

• All About pH • Nutrients and Deficiencies • Texture • Texture Tests • Making Good Dirt • Making Compost • Mulch: Love it or Leave it

Container Planting

• Choosing Container Soil • What's in Container Mix • Mulching Containers • Growing in Containers • Edible Flower Container • Chive Blossom-Infused Vinegar • Healthier Candied Flowers • Growing in a Window Box

Gearing Up

• A Guide to Can't-Live-Without-Them Tools • Caring for Your Tools • Not Your Grandmother's Gardening Apron

Planting Seeds

• Seed-Starting Basics • Suitable Containers • Sowing • Labeling • Make a Copper Tag Holder • Light • Fertilizing • Thinning • Hardening Off • Protecting Your Babies

One, Two, Three, Plant

• Ground Planting • Container Planting • Companion Planting • Chalkboard Pots

Chapter Three: Grow

Good Growing Basics

• Growing Organic • Light • Water and Humidity • Simple Irrigation System • Succulent Container • Fertilizing • Organic Fertilizers • Become a Plant Whisperer • Rank Tea • Foliar Feeding • Subterranean Worm World • Pruning • All About Staking • Weeds

Here Comes Trouble

• Gardening with Insects • Good Bugs, Bad Bugs • Six Pest- Protection Pointers • Send In the Troops • Plants That Eat Meat • Pest Prophylactics • Natural Insect Control Products • Kitchen Concoctions: Pest Repellents • Animal Critters • Cat Garden • Chicken Wire Cloche • Diseases • What Ails Them: Common Plant Diseases • Organic Disease Remedies • Troubleshooting • Kitchen Concoctions: Disease Remedies

Growing Food

• Container Farming • Pretty Delicious • Potted Tomatoes • Herbal Tea Garden • Easy-Sew Tea bags

Chapter Four: Bounty

Collecting the Booty

• Herbs • Leafy Greens • Fruits and Vegetables • Harvest Tips • Green Tomato Chutney • Eat Less Dirt: Washing Herbs and Produce

Until Tomorrow

• Freezing • Oily Herb Paste • Drying • How to Dry Herbs • Storing Dried Herbs

Bath & Beauty Plants

• Body Food • Peppermint Foot Scrub • Herbal Hair Rinse • Gardener's Healing Hand Salve • Loofah Bath Scrub

Seed Harvest

• Smackdown: Open Pollinated vs. Hybrids • Seed Harvest How-to • Harvesting Vegetable Seeds • Fermenting Tomato Seeds • Storing Seeds • Putting Them to the Test • Seed Packets

Your Babies Making Babies

• Division • Cuttings

Chapter Five: Chill


• Ch-ch-changes • Get to Learning • Garden Memory Journal • Make Your Own Bookcloth

All the Leaves Are Brown

• Fall Pruning

The Big Chill

• In-Ground Gardens • Potted Gardens • Keeping Them Cold • Salt Protection • Here Comes the Sun • Winter Prep Checklist

• Glossary • Resources • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map


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You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book intending to give it as a gift to my mother but I loved it so much I decided to keep it. This book is full of the most interesting and useful ideas and tips that are not commonly found in other gardening books like growing your cat her own garden, or growing your own herbal tea garden, you even learn how to grow your own loofah bath scrub. How cool is that? You will also find your usual gardening stuff, but it's the unusual that I found most interesting.
nramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A handy tool to help a gardener learn the basics. The color photos are beautiful, though there's very little on container gardening.
czick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Gayla's website for over six years and finally had to quit borrowing this book from the library. Lots of inspiring gardening ideas, beautifully photographed and great information to push you full on into organic gardening. My copy is already beat up.
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