Gayla Trail admits she didn't grow up in the country; no gardening secrets passed down from the old country or eating fresh tomatos off the vine. She is an 'urbanite through and through', and yet she has come to be the proud caretaker of three city gardens...
You may already know of Gayla from her website (and book), Yougrowgirl.com, a great urban gardening resource.
Organic Gardening Magazine published an essay by her in their latest issue, and it is a perfect read during these months of waiting for the ground to thaw.
Gayla's article is a thoughtful reflection on gardening in the city, reminding us of the obstacles that one must overcome, the mindset you must have, and the constant work and cooperation needed to make things grow. As someone who picks up liquor bottles and Cheetos bags from between the rose bushes I can relate to that notion.
Gayla has made these challenges seem like background noise, always there but not getting in the way of her satisfaction and enjoyment of digging in the dirt and making things grow. For anyone recharging before the gardening begins, or anyone gardening in the city for the first time, it's good advice.