This post is part of a series of Easy Changes to Make Your Garden Act More Like Nature. For the full story, start at the beginning with Tip #1, Get Rid of Bare Earth.
Tip #4: Don't make it easy for pests
This one is pretty basic: if you plant all your tomatoes in one row, how easy will it be for pests to wipe them all out? Straight, identical rows are for tractors and large-scale production. They don't necessarily make sense in a backyard. Mix up your plants a little and see what happens. Maybe put a basil between your tomatoes, and a few of those pests might get confused or sidetracked on their way to cause garden mayhem.
Brace yourself for Tip #5: Create Some Edge