Live in harmony with natural world and reap benefits of a healthier life
While visiting a garden centre recently, I was astonished at the contradictions contained in much of what was on offer.
All around me were shelves laden with sprays and powders for killing virtually everything that moves, both above and below ground.
There was also a large section selling bird feeders, nesting boxes and a variety of seed mixes supposed to keep your grounds full of songbirds. You could even buy those little ornamental collections of bamboo tubes to hang in the garden to provide a habitat for single bees and other insects.
I just couldn't get the point of killing all the insects which birds feed on naturally and then offering the now hungry birds some exotic food imported from every corner of the globe.
There were lurid-looking sprays on sale for killing caterpillars, slugs and snails, ants, wasps, woodlice, vine weevil and one called a flying and crawling insect killer that dealt with pretty much everything. But, despite what the pesticide-manufacturing companies would have us believe, all insects are not our enemies and most work for our benefit.
Some fungicides and other killer sprays were specifically designed for roses and apple trees but why not grow those varieties that don't require endless spraying?
There are plenty available and they are far easier to establish and maintain.
Most people are, by now, probably brainwashed into gardening by chemical attack and automatically reach for the spray can whenever they see aphids on their roses or broad beans -- but there is a better and simpler way.