In recent years, the creeping thistle has become a problematic weed, especially for organic arable farms with good soils. Wherever it grows, it is competing with crops for water and nutrients. Once established, the thistle can only be reduced to a tolerable density with a lot of patience. So far, there is no patent remedy for its control on organic farms. By abiding certain rules of plant cultivation in combination with direct methods, the thistle can be effectively controlled.