To insist that insects—good, bad, or indifferent—should be banished from the garden is to begin a skirmish that leads to incessant warfare, a warfare that is unwise, unwinnable, and virtually unnecessary. —Eric Grissell, from Insects and Gardens (Timber Press, 2001) If only aphids, slugs, and cutworms were as dreadful as their names sound, and honeybees, butterflies, and earthworms were as beautiful, or dutiful, as their Saturday morning ca...

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