Has The Grey Lady Gone Green?


Has anybody noticed that we’ve been sending our readers to the New York Times for interesting plant-related stories all week? What gives? For years, I’ve thought that the paper of record simply couldn’t do gardening well because it was run by urbanites who just had no idea. (Though I do have a friend who’s a reporter there and an avid gardener in brownstone Brooklyn.)

Maybe, in the midst of an oil crisis, climate change, war in Iraq, and an energy-related recession here at home, we are nonetheless having a beautiful moment, when even urbanites have become interested in their relationship with God’s green earth.  All I can say, is, yeah!


  1. It’s a great trend (both gardening and reporting), and probably one that has some longevity. Even the Wall Street Journal had an article last week about people’s surging interest in growing their own food.


  2. It’s nice to see the newspapers finally talking about what we have been talking about here and at other blogs for the last couple of years. The newspapers are desperate for readership and they naturally jump on board any topic that’s hot, including gardening.

    Remember, we we’re talking about the resurgence of gardening before it was a hot topic. As a matter a fact it seems the main stream media was bemoaning the loss of interest in gardening that was supposedly going on. Gee, now their on board.

    Want to know what’s hot in gardening before you read about it in the newspapers? Keep you eyes on the gardening blogs. That’s where the action is.

  3. And here I’ve spent all spring trying to remember just what my grandmother’s borders looked like. To each his own….

  4. I love the NYT garden columnist Anne Raver. She actually writes about vegetables (my favorite!) on a regular basis. Most newspapers only rarely address vegetable gardening–if they cover it at all–but Raver writes really delightful articles on leeks and beets regularly!

  5. Hi,

    I’ve got a slightly different take on urban vegetable growing.

    A few of us who live in the city of Chicago are growing heirloom vegetables on our rooftops in cheap homemade self-watering containers. The design of these containers allows for “more than double the yield of a conventional garden using less fertilizer, less water, and virtually no effort”. All without a garden. Among other things, we think they’re a great way to build connections in a fragmented social/political landscape.

    Not selling anything, we’re giving “it” away.

    Our Flickr site has roughly 30 links that show you how you can do this for yourself, whether it’s on your roof, deck, or balcony.


    We’ve even got an expert to answer the question, “Why Bother?”. Michael Pollan was nice enough to, without knowing it, write a great essay that supports what we’ve been doing for a year.


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