Apartment Garden Blues (Blog): I'm Terrible with Bugs

CaterpillarWhen it comes to most aspects of gardening, I’m pretty good. I water the plants every day, fertilize them, prune them, etc. But there is one thing I just don’t do in the garden: BUGS!

I’m not sure why most women just hate bugs. What is it about them? I’m not scared of them. They just gross me out. I appreciate what some of them do (i.e., the red worms in our compost bin that turn our food scraps into black gold), but I can’t even look at them without shuddering. Luckily I have my husband to deal with the bugs in the garden. I can spot some leaf damage, call him over to investigate so he can find the culprit and squish it. If it weren’t for him, I’d just spray my plants with a vegetable-safe spray and leave them. Most of my container plants would probably get eaten up before I had a crack at them.

Are you brave when it comes to bugs and insects in the container garden?



Alexandra Martin is a professional writer from Southern California who grows vegetables, herbs, lots of aloe vera and one giant Boston fern in her balcony garden. She also grows dracaena, pothos and English ivy indoors. She loves traveling and birdwatching in addition to gardening.

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