When it comes to garden pests, I am torn between a live-and-let-live stance and saving my harvest. When the environment cannot be balanced, eradication often means killing the pests. Therein lies the paradox of all gardens.
Balance is fleeting, as nature is never static. Harmony lies in an endless round of eating and being eaten – killing at its most primal. The reality is that all creatures kill to live: earthworms eat bacteria, aphids eat leaves, ants farm aphids, spiders eat ants, and so on up the food chain to us.