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On Thursday, May 19, green thumbs and those who want to grow one can meet Toronto’s hip garden guru Gayla Trail in person in Boerum Hill. Trail will be celebrating the publication of her new book, "You Grow Girl" (Fireside, $15), which was preceded by the cultivation of her Web site, founded in 2000.

Trail, whose true surname is Sanders, has urban gardening how-tos for every Brooklynite in one chic, illustrated, easy-to-use volume.

The author is an advocate of organic gardening for the fun of it - read cheaply and easily. She introduces her book by stating, "This new style of gardening is about exploration, excitement and a punk rock approach to growing plants that takes the good stuff from tradition and tosses the rest into the composter."

In fact, in "You Grow Girl," she’ll teach you how to make your own, in-house composter, complete with red wrigglers. For those who require less ick when they’re getting dirty, she also includes instructions on how to make a gardening tool belt (that’ll look cool with your low-rise jeans), irrigation systems ranging from recycled plastic bottles to drums of rainwater, and putting together your own herbal tea garden (as well as easy-to-sew tea bags).

After you’ve gotten your container garden, window boxes or community garden underway, Trail also has a chapter on making a "garden memory journal," so you can record your accomplishments.

The U.S. book launch for "You Grow Girl" takes place May 19, 6 pm to 9 pm at GRDN, 103 Hoyt St. between Atlantic and Pacific streets. For more information, call (718) 797-3628 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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