With the nicer weather coming on, it’s time to start guarding your gardens against pests. But you don’t need to buy a bunch of products to do it. If you just have a few bugs, you don’t have to kill them all, but if you want to keep insects off of your plants, start by picking them off of plants and killing them yourself once every couple of days. Drop the insect into soapy water so any eggs don’t get back onto the plant.
If you have more of a problem, look into Bactillus thuringiensis (BT), a family of bacteria that have been used for organic pest control since the 1920s. BT products are available from nearly every organic garden supply store and website, but you can start with Yardener, which suggests some products that can be purchased from Amazon. More organic products containing materials such as garlic can be found here.