Gardening in the NY Times Mag’s Green Issue


The New York Times Magazine’s green Issue includes these garden-related goodies:

  • In the article "Act" there’s information about a "Compost Feast".
  • Under "Live" you’ll find the imperative to "Plant More Trees", a piece about "Urban Farming", and a nice mention of Project Laundry List (not actually about gardening but the nonprofit is a friend of GardenRant).
  • Michael Pollan’s "Why Bother?" is long but at the very bottom of page 3 he starts to make the case for gardening, beginning with this: "Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty
    benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an
    individual can do — to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more
    important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to
    change the cheap-energy mind."  Keep reading on page 4.
  • In "Greener Pastures," TV host Bill Nye reports having cut his water usage in HALF by switching from lawn to vegetables.  Really?  Now you know I’m pro-vegetable but I bet he could have achieved the same savings by just letting the damn lawn go dormant in the summer.
  • In "Bugged Out," we learn that Isabella Rossellini crawls around her garden observing bug sex.
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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

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Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. Hey Susan, I cheered when I saw how much ink and cyber-ink the venerable NY Times spent on green issues in honor of Earth Day. I read everything Michael Pollan writes because his presentations seem to be balanced enough and so logical that he might win over at least some of the recalcitrant anti-environment holdouts. Each one counts. Ginny

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