Those are all great tips, and thanks for the website. I put clean egg shells crumbled around seedlings to prevent cutworms from destroying them and it keeps away slugs also. As a bonus the egg shells deliver calcium and prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes.
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.
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As Hannahv says using good organic practices will do a lot to prevent problems. Good garden hygene and rotating crops do a lot to reduce diseases. Even in small gardens you can usually plant things in different spot fom year to year. Remember, not all bugs are bad, there are many beneficial insects that help keep the problem insects in check.
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I believe the healthier the plant it will be less prone to attacks from pests and diseases. By practising organic methods like companion planting and composting you can achieve this. Check out the team page for links to help you.
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