As I pruned the tomatoes at zazu this morning I discovered a captivating blue dragonfly. This magnificent insect was motionless, which led me to assume that it had already mated and was waiting to die. Organic and conventional pesticides can harm insects like dragonflies, so my goal is to use none. Healthy plants, like healthy people, don’t get sick very often. If I provide plants with a balanced diet of nutrients and water, they will possess a natural resistance to pests and disease. I readily admit that our squash has some aphids, but they don’t affect the quality of the produce. I would much rather enjoy the aesthetic and practical benefits of beneficial insects like dragonflies than have a bug-free garden.

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