biodynamics

BIODYNAMIC LUNAR PLANTING CHART

This is a biodynamic lunar planting guide chart. Crops are broken down into Leaf, Root, Flower or Fruit crops and planted according to which zodiac sign the moon is passing through. 

Give it a try!  I’m going to start posting what to plant when, every day, to help out with everyone’s succession planting for their winter garden if you live in a temperate climate. This is also a great way to focus you and organize you as to what to plant when, instead of being bogged down by planting everything at once. Don’t blow your load- plant successively to harvest continually throughout the winter. This will also help you create and FEEL nature’s rhythm. Literally, go with the flow.

Have some fun with it, do your own experiments, and see what you think. 

Peace out, honeybuns, and rest up ‘cause tomorrows a root planting day!

XO

SPADE

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Celebrated Michaelmas here today.. we stirred and sprayed prep 500-horn manure, baked Michaelmas Dragon Bread and buns in the cob oven, watched the eurythmy performance in the Auditorium and listened to the Michaelmas story of the knight and the dragon. It was a hot day, didn’t feel like fall at all but it’s starting to look like it! Brilliant reds, oranges and yellows aglow in the trees! Tomorrow will be more Michaelmas festivities at the Fellowship. This is all bringing me straight back to my childhood when I grew up right here in this community. What a magical time of year. 

Weeds are specialists. Having learned something in the battle for survival, they will survive under circumstances where our cultivated plants, softened through centuries of protection and breeding, cannot stand up against Nature’s caprices. Weeds, therefore, may be grouped according to their peculiarities. There are three major and several minor groups. The major groups are our main teachers, indicating through their mere presence and multiplication what is wrong.

The first major group comprises of weeds living on acid soil and indicating increasing acidity. To this group belong the Sorrels, Docks, Fingerleaf Weeds, Lady’s Thumb, and Horsetail on slightly acid soil.

The second major group indicates a crust formation and/or hard pan in the soil. Here belong the Field Mustard, the Horse Nettle, Penny Cress, Morning Glory, Quack Grass, the Camomiles, and Pineapple Weed.

The third major group consists of those weeds which follow human steps and cultivation, frequently spreading out with compost, manure, and wherever man “walks”. Here belong Lamb’s Quarters, Plantain, Chickweed, Buttercup, Dandelion, Nettle, Prostrate Knotweed, Prickly Lettuce, Field Speedwell, Rough Pigweed, Common Horehound, Celandine, Mallow, Carpetweed, and other similar plants, all too frequent companions of our gardens and yards.

Minor groups consist of those which show up here and there - they are not necessarily WEEDS - unless encouraged by man. They are, more-or-less, an extension of nature into the realm of man.

—  Weeds And What They Tell, by E. Pfeiffer.
GETTING STARTED WITH BIODYNAMIC GARDENING

There are numerous practical ways to get this goodness going in your own garden. You can start first by setting up a Biodynamic compost heap in your backyard, given a little space and time. Adding a blend of specialized herbal preparations (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, valerian) help to stimulate soil microorganisms to break down biomass and create a powerful compost that is far superior to conventional bagged soil amendments. It’s quite easy- build the compost heap and add the preps. (BD Compost preps can be found online through the Josephine Porter Institute)  Then wait for a gorgeous compost teeming with microorganisms and life energy, that is better than regular homemade compost and far superior to bagged. If space and time is an issue, try amending your soil with a bagged Biodynamic compost (I recommend Malibu Compost) that is available at specialty nurseries.

While your compost heap is decomposing (you can hardly wait, I know), start checking out a lunar planting guide and getting the knack of how it works.  Use it as a general guide and do your own experiments. According to biodynamic principles, seeds are planted according to which zodiac sign the moon is passing through, and whether the crop is a leaf, root, fruiting or flowering crop. Many have found great success with this method and can truly see the difference in plant vigor and productivity.

Once seedlings are growing, they and the soil can be nourished with a Field Spray, Equisetum and as well as Silica.  These sprays encourage a plant’s immunity to diseases, and ward off fungal diseases.  The aim is to keep the ecosystem of the garden and farm balanced with itself as a whole entity. Biodiversity within the plant community increases this balance, and plants are “fertilized” by the compost the farm or garden created on the grounds, with plant and matter it has produced.  Cover crops and crop rotation are also utilized. The farm or garden is it’s own, balanced ecosystem that works in tandem with cosmic and earthly energies.

The interest in Biodynamics has increased as wineries have embraced these practices along with many other farmers, home gardeners and agriculturalists. Whether you choose to venture into the rewarding world of biodynamics, or continue with your own organic gardening, the most important thing is to get inspired and get your hands in the dirt. 

XO

SPADE

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@emeraldpharms_ig: The roots of the all powerful majestic cannabis plant runneth deep and intertwines all walks of life. We are always joyed to meet our patients, spread the knowledge of plant medicine and watch it ripple outward. Yesterday, Alice Bamford of biodynamic One Gun Ranch in Malibu, @caradelevingne English super model and friends stopped in to feel the good vibes.

2013 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Chat Fou Rosé

Who’s a crazy cat?! Rustic red berries, raspberries, wildflowers, and a hint of metallic funk on the nose. Small red berries, twigs, potpourri, and metal on the palate. Almost like a gazpacho! As you make brunch, get your guests a bit buzzed with this nice little biodynamic wine! 

4/5 bones

$

Cinsault

11.8% abv

Côtes du Rhône, FRANCE

2011 Domaine de Fondrèche Côtes du Ventoux Cuvée Fayard

Ooh, this is some awesome organic and biodynamic house red from France! FUNKY with some serious barnyard on the nose along with blackberries, black cherries, prunes, licorice, coffee, cocoa, and black pepper. Loads of black cherries, raspberries, black coffee, and essence of prunes (without the associated sweetness) on the palate. Almost like a non-sweet raspberry mocha!  Sturdy, but not aggressive, tannins. Good acidity. Awesome stuff!

5/5 bones

$

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault

14% abv

Côtes du Ventoux (Rhône), FRANCE