NY Times actually covers issues in gardening


Not once but twice in one day, prominently.  Here’s the guest editorial "How Green is my Garden?" about converting yard waste into biomass energy – tell us what you think of it.  There’s also this front-page story about switching from pesticides to the use of ladybugs.


  1. Well What’s next, a section in the paper dedicated to gardening. That would be interesting.

    I am not a regular reader of the NY Times but 2 things about gardening in one paper. !

  2. Sigh. And of course the ladybug article makes no mention of the fact that the ladybugs won’t stick around but will instead attempt to migrate back to their remote mountain home. Every entomologist I’ve spoken to says that buying ladybugs is a worse than useless exercise. They’d be much better off choosing plants that aren’t vulnerable to attack by aphids and mites, planting the kinds of flowers that will attract predators, and tolerating some insect damage.

    But bringing that up would make it an actual news story. This way it’s just another “look at us crazy New Yorkers, getting in touch with nature” tale.

  3. I enjoyed Cooper’s piece. I’ve been interested in coppicing and biofuel for a while. Coppicing has great potential. I agree with Ellis Hollow, however, that it can’t be applied to every yard. For example, a suburb’s biofuel production wouldn’t make a pathetic contribution to it’s energy requirements.

    Right now I live in a forest (about 5 acres) so biofuel (a.k.a. “firewood”)just makes sense. I burn woody material in the fire place and the lighter material like leaves and twigs form those woody things in the compost bin. My opinions about burning have changed quite a bit since I’ve been reading about indigenous burns and contemporary problems from fire suppression.

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