New Collage, The Nature of Things
Every day of my life is a lesson about the nature of things. Bugs and other small creatures, weeds, the ability to grow food right out of the ground, the predictability of compost. If you stir the compost pile, it will reward you with rich black soil. If you spend time walking in the woods in the summer, you might have to do a tick check when you get home. If you allow your garden to be populated with all kinds of insects, the beneficial ones will be your friend. If you spray poisons, you will disrupt that balance.
That last part sounds good in theory. In the real world, God help you if you are invaded with flea beetles or Japanese beetles. Both are rampant in our area. I have ended up being forced to do a light spraying of pyrethrins for flea beetles. They have eaten a million little holes in my eggplant leaves. I’m told by a local small-scale farmer that if I want to be rid of the pesky little devils, I will have to take up the dirt from the affected beds and burn it.
In the meantime, I pray that the little bit of spray will not kill a single bumblebee or beneficial wasp or praying mantis or ladybug.
Another sad lesson in the nature of things.