Principle 3: Embrace Diversity

The third basic principle of organic gardening is to embrace diversity.  One of the greatest problems in conventional farming and gardening is that large groups of identical plants are not only attractive to, but susceptible to, massive pest and disease outbreaks. Grow a wide range of plants, and even a wide range of varieties of a given plant; that way you hedge your bets and increase the resiliency of your garden.

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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