|Gayla's most recent book - 'Grow Great Grub - Organic Food from Small Spaces' is a must-have.|
Gayla is a Toronto author, blogger, and small-space/guerrilla gardening champion. I don't mind telling you that she's one of my heroes. Her website, You Grow Girl is a wealth of information and inspiration for newbies and seasoned gardeners alike, and includes her awesome blog as well as one of the best gardening forums on the internet. I first discovered the site in 2005, when I was given Gayla's first book as a gift, entitled You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening .
|My introduction to Gayla's writing opened new doors.|
I devoured 'You Grow Girl', reading it cover to cover at least a dozen times in the first month it fell into my hands. Shortly after, I found myself in the position to put the book into practice when I moved to an apartment in the States where my only gardening space was a partially shaded balcony. If not for the book, I'd likely have determined that growing anything in this teeny situation was impossible... but that summer I enjoyed herbs, strawberries, peppers and loads of flowers thanks to Gayla's sound advice and creative small-space solutions. I didn't know it at the time, but Mo Farm was growing in my heart and mind from the moment I picked the first strawberry that very summer.
Years later, with an actual garden to play in and much more experience under my belt, I was thrilled to hear that a new book was on the horizon for Gayla, and I rushed to pre-order it. When Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces landed in my mailbox, it was like 'You Grow Girl' all over again. I read it. And re-read it. And re-re-read it. I filled it with sticky notes and scribbles, compiling lists of varieties that I wanted to try, projects to undertake, and tips I needed to share. I've bought both of Gayla's books for countless friends, and they're among the most deeply cherished things that I own. I know from her blog that a new book is on its' way, and trust me when I say I'll be first in line to get it.
Stuck for a last-minute gift? You gotta get Gayla!