What is eating at my cucumber plants?
This is a first post for me. I've been reading here for about a year, since my gardening journey began.
I am growing cucumbers, pole beans and squash for the first time. There is a small green caterpillar eating my plants, mostly the cucumber plants. Some are yellow when they are very small and measure less than a quarter inch. I found one today that was about a half inch. Is there a simple way to upload pictures to this forum? I took some pics this morning, and will gladly post them if someone could please help me.
I am discouraged because most google searches I do say that if my plants were healthy, I wouldn't have pests. But, I have pests!
My questions would be: What are these pests? I have been pulling them off by hand (as I do not use pesticides). What brings them? Are they just a natural part of a garden? Is there anything else I can do organically to control them? And finally, my plants LOOK healthy to me (other than where they are getting eaten) so what have I done wrong, and how can I do it better next time?
Thanks so much in advance for your reply.