Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto was an avid gardener.
He noticed that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained a whopping 80% of the overall peas.
He applied this interesting finding to his economics work and discovered that about 20% of the people in Italy owned about 80% of the land.
Since then, this phenomenon has been documented in many areas, especially in the business world (for example, 80% of a company’s sales come from just 20% of its customers).
It’s been dubbed the Pareto Principle, or the 80-20 rule for short.
It turns out that it’s often the case that 80% of the results you get from any undertaking will come from just 20% of the effort you put into it.
That’s an incredibly useful rule to remember if you’re the type of person who wants to simplify your life or even just be more effective at what you do with your time.
If you can determine what that all-important 20% is, you can save yourself a lot of time.
Over the next week, I’m going to attempt to do that for you in your garden.
The truth is, if you’re trying to grow nutrient-dense food, it’s a challenge to break that down into just a few steps, especially if you’re starting with poor soil.
And yet, there are a couple of important things you can do in the garden that can make a huge difference.
My question for you today is this: How do you think this 80-20 rule may apply to your garden? What’s the 1 or 2 tasks you figure make the most difference in the success of your garden?