"Joe Gardener" has a Facebook page which attracts a lot of master gardeners
with great set ups and a wealth of knowledge.
His was one of the gardens I used as inspiration as we planned our garden
|The Big Book of Kitchen Gardens is a good start|
|Just so we're clear: This is wild strawberry|
|and this is poison ivy|
|Tomato Horn Worms under black light|
There is upbringing since I learned to transplant seedlings about the same time I learned to write my name. There is my tendency to be curious and read extensively about whatever subject interest me at the time. There is the fact that I live out in the wide open rural countryside where pests have to travel a bit between gardens. And I think a lot of it has to do with the structure and management of the garden itself.
Look at my garden and tell me what you don't see. You don't see native grasses, "weeds", trees or shrubs up against the fence. You don't see an untended field full of insects and critters. You don't see other houses or gardens nearby. What you do see is wide open gravel paths which discourage creepy crawlies and allow good airflow and sunlight to rule the garden, and you see a very sturdy fence. I think a lot of critters walk by, glance in and think "parking lot". That's one luxury of living on acreage in the country. Lack of space is not a problem.
Of course the Facebook world is not solely populated by beginners. There are a lot of accomplished gardeners there to help the newbies and to debate the minutia of gardening knowledge. One such fellow posted on a couple of groups asking if he should mulch his vegetable garden and if so what material should he use? After about an hour he announced that he had learned two different approaches to it. "Absolutely NOT" and "Absolutely YES".
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So what is the answer? Just listen and learn and practice some good old fashioned trial and error. And don't lose sleep over someone else's horn worms.