I am an amateur gardener with just one wish; to grow a few of my own fruits and veggies. Here in Texas, two things work against the fulfillment of that wish---extreme temperature variations and insects. We also have seasonal issues with wind.
Here, I've managed to outwit both wind and temperature by weaving a cloth-like tree wrap through the garden fence. It holds up to any wind and provides shade for my growing green beans.
Just when I get one problem managed, I discover another. If you look closely at the picture, you'll see tiny, white specks on the flower next to the bee. No, he doesn't have dandruff. I wish it were that easy. My garden has a terrible case of Whiteflies. They are barely bigger than a speck of dust, and fairly harmless as adults. It's their larvae that are devastating. They like tomatoes, lettuces, beans, melons, cucumbers and members of the broccoli family. Great, what am I growing in my fall garden: Green Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Collards, and several types of Lettuce.
I headed to my Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver. It says not to let them get out of hand. Too late for that. One day they weren't there, the next day they were everywhere. Anyway, I hit them with a bit of soapy water last night. We'll see what come next.