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Nature-watching in the garden

Eastern tiger swallowtail on red clover

One of the major benefits of gardening organically is the wildlife.  Our garden is so full of life that sometimes I have to literally watch my step to make sure that I don't tread on a toad.  During our lunch breaks, we watch hummingbirds fight over the bee balm, and gnatcatchers, buntings, and bluebirds hunt bugs among the vegetables.  Then there are the butterflies, dozens of species with colors spanning the rainbow.  Without poisons around, the forest ecosystem creeps right into our yard.

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