I agree. I work exclusively with home gardners, who consistently use more
chemicals per capita than the agricultural community. Given the
environmental ramifications, I really can not imagine any criteria that make
the use of chemical pest solutions acceptable in home gardens.
The most effective pest control strategy is planned _before_ plants are
purchased: choose the correct plant for the site; when possible, get
disease/pest resistant varieties; maintain a balanced and diverse ecosystem
and keep the garden clean.
If you've tried all these things and still have problems with pests well ...
_plant something else_!!! Geez, it's not like we don't have a zillion choices.
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