Grow pest-repelling plants alongside vulnerable crops. For example, planting marigolds near tomatoes can deter certain pests.
Rotate crops annually to disrupt pest life cycles and reduce the buildup of pests and diseases in the soil.
Encourage predatory insects like ladybugs, lacewings, and praying mantises that feed on garden pests. Plant flowers to attract these beneficial insects.
Physically remove pests like caterpillars, slugs, or beetles from plants. Check plants regularly and manually remove pests to control infestations.
Use physical barriers such as row covers or netting to protect plants from pests like birds, insects, or larger animals.
Introduce natural predators such as nematodes or predatory insects that specifically target certain pests, keeping their populations in check.
Plant trap crops that attract pests away from valuable plants. For instance, planting nasturtiums to attract aphids can protect other plants.
Use mulch to cover the soil around plants. It can deter certain pests, regulate soil temperature, and reduce moisture, discouraging pest habitats.