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When insects can’t live, a garden is sending out a distress call.`

    However formally laid out, a garden is still the spot where we must confront our limitations in controlling the forces of nature. We fight our daily battles with slugs and caterpillars but discover that when insects can’t live, our garden is sending out a distress signal. Simply by being sensitive to the needs of the natural world, we will be successful gardeners.

  Remember, a few insects are a sign of a good garden — they feed the birds and butterflies.


  • Place a sundial in your yard. Go back to a place where time was considered part of nature.


  • Plant landscaping that uses no water.


  • Install outdoor lighting that makes you want to be outside.


  • Remember that brief moments in the garden will chase away the blues.


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