Answer: Insect pests are usually attracted to plants that are stressed so if you keep your vegetable plants healthy with regular watering and feeding, you shouldn't have much of an insect problem. Your best defense is to monitor your plants on a daily basis, carefully checking the leaves, including the undersides, for signs of pests. Squish any you see or hand pick and remove them from the garden. This will keep insect populations low and you won't need to spray. If you do find a colony of insect pests and you can't control them by hand, identify the pests and use the least toxic, most effective measure you can. What you use will depend upon the specific plant and specific pest so it's important to positively identify them. Usually a strong stream of water from the hose will dislodge pests, so keep that in mind, too. Just give your garden TLC and scout for insects and remove or squish any you see. Your garden should reward you with lots of veggies. Enjoy!
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