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The Tenth Commandment and Gardening

Why we are so attracted to plants we can’t grow outside.

The botanically-inclined are prone to a special form of covetous behavior. We want the exotic, the new, and thus spend large amounts of money to import interesting plants that do not perform well in our native environments. As an example, when I was in high school I repeatedly tried to grow orchids from the South American cloud forest in a Mediterranean environment. I put up lights for them, set up an aquarium with a thermometer and pots to house them, and showered them with mist every day. They did well for a…

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