About 3 years ago I broke ground for a vegetable patch out back. I was too busy to maintain it properly so not much came of it that year or the year after. This year I tried to start on time and have been working diligently. I have harvested some tomatoes and look forward to okra, green beans, a plethora of peppers, eggplant, onions, herbs. It's been fun to learn along the way. For my garden, Neem and Thuricide BT take care of most of my pests, and I have some peppermint soap coming in so that I can mix up a concoction to kill leaf footed stink bugs on contact. Diatomaceous earth helps, too. Boba straws were trimmed, split up the middle, and snapped onto stems of new plants to protect them from cutworms. Early on I lost almost all my peppers over the course of about 3 nights due to cutworms. I am pleased that I've been able to fight off and recover from every attack so far. Next year should go a lot smoother once I've had a full run on a season and figured out what works best. Spoiler: I'll show mine if you show me yours Focus: Got a garden? Herbs in your windowbox? Or are you more of a black thumb. Alt-focus: Tips and tricks that work for yours.