Yes, I am afraid it does. If you want a good garden, a garden that produces a lot of the food, you should be ready to kill for it. You will need to kill for it.
Let me step back a bit.
While our garden is doing well, Carolyn and I are always looking to improve our yield. So last week, we went to Filoli (a beautiful local garden) for a morning class on vegetable gardening.
The class had about a dozen students and one instructor. The instructor was a horticulturalist who worked at Filoli and now manages private vegetable gardens and teaches classes. She was a very good teacher, clearly passionate and knowledgeable about her craft. She gave us a number of insights, but I was struck by one exchange concerning garden pests, here is my recollection of the exchange: Continue reading