So we all know that 3 out of 4 Americans are gardening, and
that vegetable growing is teh bomb.
Fine, wonderful, in fact. But it would be even better if the popularity
of gardening was reflected in media rather than—more and more—missing in
action. During our interview, USAToday writer Janice Lloyd told me that she
“can’t write about gardening very much,” and as I was checking the paper’s
website over the past few days, I noticed there is no regular gardening column.
There is regular coverage of pets, tech, fashion, and wine, which is all very
well, but I guess gardening is just a once-in-a-while thing.
Then, as Amy points
out a few posts back, the New York Times gardening coverage is becoming erratic
and, well—strange. (Indoor plant advice in late March?) As many know, their former garden writer Anne Raver is now with Country Gardens, though there does seem to be
some occasional vegetable gardening coverage. Lucky people around DC still have a bastion of gardening
coverage to look forward to in the Post, but increasingly around the country,
in spite of gardening's supposed popularity, actual reporting on it is a sometimes thing.
As much fun as it is to blog about my own gardening and read
the experiences of others, I’m a daily paper reader and I’d like to see more
gardening coverage. Here in Buffalo, we’ve proven that most of us are insanely
devoted to gardening; we have 16 garden walks in which over a thousand of us
open up our gardens to strangers every year, while community gardens and urban
farms are spreading throughout the east and west frontiers of the city. Yet,
our paper has no staff garden writer.
It’s a rant we ranted often before, but the USAToday
article, as affirming as it was, made me want to rant it just once more.