It looks increasingly like we are all going to make difficult choices.....whether to tolerate pest plagues or lose plants. Spraying has to be a last resort but there will be times when you accept you will lose a treasured plant. It's a choker if you decide to allow the pest to destroy it.
I believe nature CAN restore a balance ....often a mass of ladybirds follows an aphid infestation, for example. However, it doesnt always work out that way. We can help nature, ourselves and our plants by controlling pests and diseases. We do it all the time when we visit the doctor, go to,the chemist or prevent ants entering our homes...??
A friend.....well, someone I know.....constantly does two things. Firstly he tries to cadge for free my organic. ( and they are organic....no slug pellets, no artificial fertilisers and no pesticides) vegetables. Secondly he "gardens for wildlife" amd constantly preaches this at me. His garden is a mess, a tip. He cuts nothing down and allows every weed to flourish to the annoyance of his neighbours.
So, none of should feel guilty of we want to grow our plants to look good. No ome should feel he or she MUST avoid all chemicals because it's the "right thing to do". I grow responsibly. I listen to the dire warnings from those intent on saying we are destroying the planet. At the end of the day I eat healthy home grown, non-sprayed fruit amd veg, have lovely plants in my garden and enjoy good health being in my local environment of "controlled" growing.
If I need to spray to protect a plant I will do so........I suspect most of you do the same
Wow! Let off steam there!