You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

Summer in Portland, Or is here, and to supplement getting my hands in the dirt a few times, I bought myself You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening by Gayla Trail. The book is filled with basic tips on everything from acidity to organic composting to guerrilla gardening. There are tons of crafty projects, such as building one's own planter or making an apron, so I'm looking forward to testing some projects from this book. This summer's focus, for me, will be the container garden, because I do have to move at the end of July. But I look forward to tips on transplanting, harvesting seeds, and building that planter. I want to take some strawberry and raspberries with me to my new home, and I have poppies growing in my yard and would like to harvest the seeds.

Meanwhile, I will read, dream, and container garden away!

There's also a sweet blog and website (actually started before the book was written) at yougrowgirl.com.

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