Remember the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot? Every organic gardener’s favorite line is surely “Give me spots on my apples. But leave me the birds and the bees. Please!”
So, when people notice the insect holes in the sweet potato vine in a pot next to my front door, that line is my best defense. Along with “Really? I never noticed,” which is kinda true.
The truth is I see the holes but don’t mind them. I’m a gardener trying to attract birds, so insect holes are a good thing. And even the humble sweet potato vine can contribute.