When you are getting into Natural farming. It may not work initially. you will have to hold on. There are no shortcuts.
(Not just that you will have to use all native variety of seeds- I will give you a example - If you just feed grass and hay along with some oil cake to a high milk yielding cow it will not work, she depletes a lot of nutrients and minerals) Same goes with hybrid seeds, their requirement is high.
Companion plants are a good idea. Although I have not yet tried. because we have a lot of wild tree which act as buffer. But my crops also get damaged. Its more of improving the soil and plants will thrive.
You can use cows urine along with other herbs to tackle pest.
Natural farming is all about trial and error and you learn what works best for you.
My Tulsi plants also get eaten by grass hoppers and so far I have not found any effective way. but when I spray cows urine they disappear for a day and then come back.
If you or some one around you knows to read almanac (panchanga). then you can easily tackle pest.
thumb rule (through out India traditionally farmers did this) always plant or soak seeds day after no moon for coming 5 days, after which you should not plant. Now there are some nakshatras which you should avoid and even Karanam(animals), horse, tiger etc are considered best when boar, rats and other animals you should not plant. I don’t have a clear picture on this so I am not writing it here(complete list). But I have the list written down from a elderly person. If any astrologer on the forum please comment.
hope this helps.
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