Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:56
Know your allies.
Learn how to identify all the good bugs in your garden. Ladybirds and larvae, lacewings and larvae, hoverflies and larvae, predatory wasps and midges and larvae....always take the time to learn what the larvae look like because some look like little caterpillars and can easily be mistaken for enemies.....spiders, birds, the little red spiders you see racing round when its hot...they eat spider mite. Soldier bug, syrphid fly.
Slow worms, frogs, toads hedgehogs,newts, ground beetles, ...ok I know don't eat aphids....
There are so many good guys out there and they will come when needed unless you start using the poisons!