Mike McGrath is the host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show You Bet Your Garden produced by WHYY in Philadelphia. The show airs Sundays, at 11:00 a.m., on WPSU-FM. Mike is a contributing editor and columnist for “Greenprints Magazine”, and has also been the garden editor for WTOP News Radio since 1999.
Mike is the former editor-in-chief of “ORGANIC GARDENING” magazine from February 1991 through December 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).
From 1993 through 1997, Mike was the regular gardening expert on the weekend edition of The Today Show on NBC. He has also appeared on Nova, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, PBS Healthweek, CNN, FOX, and as a regular contributor on the weekly PBS TV series Your Organic Garden and The Discovery Channel’s Home Matters.
He has authored 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).
Somehow, Mike still manages to find time to grow tomatoes, garlic, raspberries, and peaches. He loves pinball and baseball; and will not eat lima beans no matter how much you pay him.