I have to admit, I was doing really well with the whole organic thing until recently. My new yard is very big and I was unable to weed it all myself, hubby has no patience for stuff like that either so for the last year, he has been using *cringe* weed and feed on the front lawn. I still won't let him put it in the backyard even with all the clover taking over.
I have also had it with the mealybugs on my orchids. No matter what I do, they keep killing my orchids. They have even tried to eat my succulents! So I have broken down there too and bought a systemic pesticide. I wish it was a smaller bottle though! The size that I got will last me a whole lifetime! I bought the Bayer All-In-One stuff. It doesn't smell, looks like brown snot coming out of the bottle and it has two different systemics in it. I've done two applications in the last two weeks. Hopefully it'll just kill them all this one time and I can quit using it again until someone else brings a mealybug infested show plant to the show and passes it onto me again. :\