PHOTO PROMPT © Miles Rost
Vert prided herself on growing enough fruits and vegetables to sustain her family year-round. She used only organic cultivation methods: deploying companion plantings, diatomaceous earth, ladybugs, and sprays from bottles with neem oil, cayenne pepper, and water to deter even the most persistent pest.
Yet none of it deterred the asparagus beetles, an invasive species, from decimating her juicy Mary Washingtons. Threatening her success and ego, she faced a dilemma of giving up on asparagus or upgrading her arsenal. Choosing Roundup she blasted those effers to oblivion.
Pregnant Hortense, a safe distance away, rubbed her antennae together and waited.
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