Principle 5: Control As Little As Possible

The fifth basic principle of organic gardening is to intervene as little as possible in the predator-prey relationships in the garden. Robust, healthy plants are less subject to insect and disease problems anyway, and thus require less control. Let the natural systems of control operate where ever possible. If you must act to control a problem, do so as precisely as possible, so you don’t upset other relationships and thus create new problems.

The Six Principles of Organic Gardening

  1. Feed The Soil
  2. Take Only What You Need
  3. Embrace Diversity
  4. Lose The Calendar
  5. Intervene As Little As Possible
  6. Live and Learn

For a little more depth you can check out this YouTube from a lecture series I gave in Shepherdstown, WV a few years ago. Sorry there is no audio, but I am converting the whole series into a free downloadable book. If you would like to be on the list to receive a copy of the free book on organic principles when it is finished, email me at seed2tablebook(at) and I will put you on the distribution list. This list will only be used to notify you of new book releases. To receive regular updates on this website, you should Subscribe to Garden Smarts by Email.

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