When controlling pests organically you need to have a different mindset. There are gardening books and websites that talk about sterilising your soil and eradicating everything that might eat some of your crops. If you choose to work organically you will not be able to do this. There will always be some pest insects in your garden. But that’s ok. They need to be there to ensure that the good guys have something to eat. And you need the good guys there because there will be times when the population of the others grows and something has to get rid of them.
The first step in controlling pests comes in the winter when you are planning your garden for next year. You need to think about which plants you are going to grow to keep your garden healthy. The plants that you can choose fall into two categories. Those that attract beneficial insects, and those that repel the pests.
Anything that has blue flowers will attract bees and wasps. I know most of us have grown up with the idea that wasps are bad. I’m not suggesting that you put up with a whole nest of them in your garden but a few visitors can be helpful. Most kinds of wasp are predatory and the things that they eat will eat your crops. Other colour flowers are useful too. Grow calendula and marigolds around your veggie plot. Their orange flowers attract the bees almost as well as the lavender …