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How Does Your Garden Grow? (continued)
In Massachusetts

O.K., so you probably wonder what the attraction would be in a garden which was perfumed by blood and sewer sludge, but it really wasn't offensive, kind of earthy. It needs reapplication after awhile, particularly if it gets washed away in rain or watering, and I've also learned that dogs are attracted by organic products such as these.

I like to garden, but to garden responsibly. Part of the reason why I was attracted to organic products was my concern for wildlife and pets. Recently, I've become more aware that many flower gardens contain plants which are toxic to animals -- for example cats should avoid lilies. So what's a girl to do? If the flowers poison the pets and the vegetables are invaded by wildlife, is there anything left? Roses are wonderful to grow, they aren't toxic to anything I know of, only rarely do animals eat them, but unless you have a hardy and well-established bush they need attention, and besides that they are very appealing to slugs and beetles (they're feeding on my roses even as I sit here writing). The only time I have truly experienced contentment has been in the growing of herbs. They are attractive, usually fragrant, useful in food and ornamentation, come enthusiastically back year after year, don't generally have a reputation for being lethal, and are impressively able to hold their own against vermin, so if you like I long to have a rewarding experience in the garden, but have suffered endless disappointment brought on by beast and bug, let me give you one word of advice... BASIL!

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