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i'm new to Garden Rant and mostly love it. (you made me want to jump in my car and drive to Buffalo.) but 2 & 3 on your Manifesto list aren't believable:

nobody's bored with perfect gardens, it's what we all strive for, knowing full well we'll never truly have it.

and who wants a chaotic, bug-ridden garden? all the gardeners i know want to get beyond chaos. hey, what's a 'real' garden?

Congrats to the glove winners!

In answer to Dean:

Even though this is not my manifesto, I'll defend the bug-ridden part. If you want a bird-friendly yard, first you must invite the bugs. And butterfly gardeners hope for a moth-eaten garden because this condition indicates that butterfly (and moth) larvae have found something to eat. It's most sustainable to use integrated pest management (IPM) where you encourage bugs and their predators to reach a balance--the ultimate supply and demand scenario. Hey, and not using poisons just happens to be better for you, your children, and the local environment.

Yes, "bug-ridden" is a good thing as far as we're concerned. It means your garden works as a habitat for wildlife--not just the pretty ones like butterflies, but the hard-working beetles, bees, etc, too.

Amy: i agree 100%. by "ridden" (the word has a negative connotation) i thought you meant pest-ridden.

Ginny: who said i use poisons? never touch the stuff. i have a clean garden full of bugs, bees, and birds.

can i stay? i'll be nice.

Lots of garden plants aren't bothered by bugs. If they are I pull them out. Wish I had more control over weeds!

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