Keeping pests out of your garden can sometimes feel like a full-time job. Whether it be hornworms on you tomatoes or aphids on your beans, getting rid of the bugs that feast on your veggies doesn’t have to be a laborious task.
To help rid your garden of uninvited pests, try planting early in the season. Many of the worst pests aren’t out until early summer, and by then, many of your plants will be past their most vulnerable stages and will be tough enough to withstand some moderate invasions. Some pests have a preference for the young, tender plants, so by the time they get into your garden, the plants are well past this stage.
Keep them covered
Using floating row covers are another way to battle bugs. The covers are made of a lightweight fabric and can be used to physically cover the young plants like a blanket. Row covers allow sunlight, air and water to reach the plant but keep most pests out. Be sure to remove the covers for several days around the time of flowering so that pollinating insects have access to flowers for pollination.