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October 2, 2019 Seminar
Composting by Mike McGrath

The Short Take

Mike McGrath is:

The Details…

Mike hosts the nationally syndicated show You Bet Your Garden www.youbetyourgarden.org, which airs on Public Television every Saturday morning at 10 am via WLVT; PBS 39. The show is also broadcast on Public Radio as a Podcast, live stream, and on-air at various Public Radio stations across the nation—including Nashville, Memphis, Dayton, Santa Barbara, Oklahoma, St. Thomas, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Alaska, Maryland, Michigan, and other exotic locales.

A large listener base tunes in worldwide via the Internet; and the show is available as a podcast through the YBYG website. You-Bet-Your-Garden: www.youbetyourgarden.org

Mike’s “Question of the Week” feature appears in print at Gardens Alive website http://www.gardensalive.com , which also hosts an archive hundreds of past articles on gardening, pest control and related topics.

Since 1999, Mike has been Garden Editor for WTOP, the top rated all-news radio station in Washington, D.C. His one-minute long “Garden Plot” segments air on Saturday at fifty minutes after the hour, from 5:50 am thru 5:50 pm. You can read the written version a WTOP News http://www.wtopnews.com,; here’s a direct link to The Garden Plot: https://wtop.com/living/gardening/garden-plot/

You Bet Your Garden” is also the name of Mike’s column in the quarterly "Greenprints" gardening publication http://www.greenprints.com/ (“The Weeder’s Digest”), appearing in every issue since 1998.

In 2012, Mike gave a TEDx Talk on composting that has‘gone viral’. Here’s a link to the video on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9OhxKlrWwc

Mike was Editor-In-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine from February 1991 through December 1997. During that time, “OG” was the largest circulation gardening magazine in the world and became a major exhibitor at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show from 1993 to 1997, garnering four consecutive “Best of Show” awards. Mike now lectures at the Flower Show every year. (Here’s a link to some of Mike’s upcoming gigs: https://whyy.org/programs/you-bet-your-garden/

From 1993 through 1997, Mike appeared monthly as the regular gardening expert on the weekend edition of The Today Show, Saturday mornings on NBC.

In 1992, Mike received a ‘Quill & Trowel’ award from the Garden Writers of America for his “Openings” editorial columns. In 1993, ORGANIC GARDENING received the Editorial Excellence award from Folio: magazine. And in 1995, Media Dynamics proclaimed OG “the most popular magazine in America” after research and survey data revealed that it was the magazine most saved by its readers (more than National Geographic!); the magazine most often read from cover to cover; and the magazine readers would miss most if it ceased publication.

Mike’s most recent publication is “The You Bet Your Garden Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes”. Released in February 2012 by Fox Chapel Publishing, it’s a brand new, completely revised and updated third edition of Mike’s classic tomato tome, which was previously titled “You Bet Your Tomatoes”. Mike is also the author of:
"The Kitchen Garden Box; Save & Sow Seeds of Your Favorite Vegetables”, a boxed set of 55 cards and illustrated seed-saving envelopes (‘a book in a box’) from Quirk Publishers (2009). “Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost”, released by Sterling Publishing in the Fall of 2006 and now in its third or fourth printing. And “Kitchen Garden A to Z” (Abrams; 2004; sadly now out of print).

Mike also edited the book “The Best of OG” (Rodale; 1995); co-authored “Save Three Lives: A Plan For Famine Prevention” with Robert Rodale (Sierra Club Books; 1991); and compiled “The Best of the Worst” for Marvel Comics’ Publisher and legend Stan Lee (Harper & Row; 1979/Rhino reissue; 1994).

Mike was Entertainment Editor of Philadelphia’s weekly alternative newspaper The Drummer, and Editor of the associated college paper The Daily Planet in the mid 1970s. He wrote countless feature articles for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News in the 70s and 80s, and enjoyed two brief stints at Marvel Comics; as editor of their British line in 1971 and as a writer and editor in the ‘Marvel Bullpen’ in 1979.

He joined Rodale Press as an Editor in their book division in 1984, launched Allergy Relief Newsletter (Executive Editor; ’85 –’88), and then served as Executive Editor of Men Health (the newsletter from which the hugely successful magazine was developed) for two years before taking the helm of ORGANIC GARDENING.

Mike lives in the boonies of Lehigh County, PA with his family, organic garden, and an inconsistent number of rescued cats. He plays pinball, enjoys baseball, grows way too many tomatoes, and will not eat lima beans, no matter how much you pay him.


You Bet Your Garden® is a Registered Trademark of Mike McGrath Enterprises, Inc.

Contact info; not for Publication:

Mike McGrath Enterprises, Inc., 6419 Ridge Road, Zionsville PA 18092

Office: 610-965-3156 Home: 610-966-2613 HYPERLINK "mailto:MikeMcG@PTD.net" MikeMcG@PTD.net