There are some things you can do to lessen the bug infestation. Everything depends on what bugs you are fighting as to your strategy. I plant marigolds and nasturtiums and as mentioned there are some other things you can plant that bugs don't like, so do look up the companion planting websites.
Another thing that you can do is buy eggs of beneficial bugs such as lady bugs and mantids. I did that one year but you have to do that at the right time of year before they hatch. They come back to where they were hatched to eat the harmful bugs. I have praying mantids and lady bugs galore every year. I guess that is why my bug population is always low.
Another method one author claimed to work is to put aluminum foil rolls between your rows of plants with the shiny side up. The author claimed that the bugs became disoriented by seeing sky on the ground and flew the opposite way. I have never tried this but thought I would throw that out there. The author also claimed that she didn't have to weed between the rows, either.
Edited by: CINDERRELIC at: 5/20/2011 (13:05)