Oh winter! Why are you so long? Doesn't matter if the groundhog has seen his shadow or not today, it will be months before we see anything green here.
After reading Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail, I'm itching to get my hands back into the dirt. Last year was my first try at vegetable gardening and I was pleased with the results. I can't wait to do it all again. Grow Great Grub isn't just a pretty looking gardening book. It's a practical how-to book for gardening in small spaces. You don't need acres of land to have your own yummy fresh veggies. In fact all you need is a sunny windowsill and you got yourself a salad.
Gayla Trail is an advocate of urban gardening. The first chapter is called "Growing Anywhere and Everywhere." That should tell you something. She believes that if you can stick a plant in it, it's fair game. You just need to know what you can grow successfully where and you're all set. She also believes you can do it all without the use of chemicals.
Gayla Trail gives tips on how to improve your soil, grow in containers or raised beds, choose and start your seeds and take care of them from seedling to harvest. To make sure your veggies get to the table, Trail tells readers how to defend plants against disease and pests with companion planting and encouraging predatory insects. And for you DIYers, there are projects like building your own compost bin and "Upside-Down Tomatoes" rated with a difficulty scale.
And then there are the plants. Who ever said vegetables were boring? Not these babies. Cranberry beans, Mexican Sour gherkins, Mascara leaf lettuce, Violetta Italia cauliflower to name a few. They all sound so exotic and interesting. I'm already looking for seeds. (There are sources for US and Canada in the back.)
Once you've grown all this great grub, what do you do with it? There are recipes for preserving and canning your veggies so you can enjoy them all year long.
So except for making me long for spring and causing a bad case of cabin fever, I loved reading Grow Great Grub.
Highly recommended for anyone considering growing their own organic vegetables (really, it's not that hard, if I can do it you can).
You can find Gayla Trail on her site You Grow Girl.
Thanks to Random House Canada for the review copy.