Join Mike as he slays slugs, defeats deer, whacks weeds, mispronounces Latin words and saves plants across the nation every week on You Bet Your Garden – a breezy, light-hearted, and sometimes (OK – frequently) wild and crazy island of highly accurate and family-safe gardening information.
An hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks,” You Bet Your Garden is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide. Host Mike McGrath offers tips on fending off garden and household pests without the use of toxic chemicals, caring for lawns and landscapes without losing your mind, and growing without groaning in tough conditions like extreme heat, unending rain and lousy soil.
Host Mike McGrath was Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine from 1991 through 1997 and is the author of many books, including The Kitchen Garden Box (Quirk Publishing; 2009); Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost (Sterling Publishers; 2006); Kitchen Garden A to Z (Abrams; 2004) and You Bet Your Tomatoes(Rodale; 2002, and reissued in a brand new edition by Plain White Press in 2009).
Mike is also the Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C.; a post he has held for more than a decade. He has served as columnist and Contributing Editor for Greenprints magazine (“The Weeder’s Digest”) since 1997, and was the garden expert for the Saturday morning edition of The Today Show on NBC, appearing monthly from 1993 through 1997.
During his time at Organic Gardening, Mike’s major exhibits won four consecutive “Best of Show” awards at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show (1994-1997). He grows tomatoes, garlic, raspberries and peaches; loves pinball and baseball; and will not eat lima beans, no matter how much you pay him.
Books by Mike McGrath
- Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost
- The Best of Organic Gardening: Over 50 Years of Organic Advice and Reader-Proven Techniques from America’s Best-Loved Gardening Magazine
- You Bet Your Tomatoes: Fun Facts, Tall Tales, and a Handful of Useful Gardening Tips
- Kitchen Garden Box
- Kitchen Garden A to Z: Growing, Harvesting, Buying, Storing