Felicia wrote:I'm pretty new to gardening and the bugs this year are being relentless. Are there any natural alternatives for keeping bugs away? Do any kind of plants or vines repel them? Also, does anyone know how well frogs and toads do with helping to keep the bugs down? I have a million hopping animals in my yard and a raised bed, enclosed veggie garden that I could keep putting them in. Are they bad for the veggies?
You will enjoy your garden more and be more successful of you concentrate on what you attract, not keeping things away. All those bad guys are food for the good guys, and they prevent more disasters than they create. Yes, aphids are your friends, too.
Never mind the losses, they are pre-ordained. Just shoot for attracting diversity, and your reward will surely follow.