"Nature is a great totality; forces are working from everywhere. He/she alone can understand Nature who has an open sense for the manifest working of her forces." - Rudolf Steiner
We have been supporting gardeners and farmers in their practice of biodynamics
Biodynamic Preparations of the highest quality for plants, fields and compost.
Biodynamics takes you beyond organics and offers you a roadmap to enhance the vitality of your farm or garden. Biodynamic preparations and indications for planting, cultivating and harvesting allow you to work with the life forces that increase the physical health of your soil, plants and animals.
The Northern Hemisphere Astro Calendar 2014
Brian Keats has compiled and published the Antipodean Astro Calendar, a Southern Hemisphere biodynamic guide, since 1985, and in 2001 developed the Northern Hemisphere Astro Calendar for use north of the equator. The calendar is a useful tool for all who are interested in the movements of the heavenly bodies and who value the knowledge and wisdom that associates with this study. Each monthly spread offers a wealth of information, pictures and imaginations. Beyond its value as a planting calendar, here is an indispensable aid for astronomers, organic and biodynamic gardeners and farmers, and meditants, as well as all those who want to develop a conscious participation in the great rhythms that link us with our cosmic environment.
The 2014 biodynamic calendar, now in its 52nd year, adapted for North American (Eastern Standard Time) dates and times.
This useful guide shows the optimum days for sowing, pruning, and harvesting various plant-crops, as well as working with bees. It includes Thun's unique insights, which go above and beyond the standard information presented in some other lunar calendars. It is presented in color with clear symbols and explanations.
This Calendar has many aspects: a basic introduction to astronomy, a simple ephemeris, a planting guide, a star map, aid for following the movement of the planets in the night sky, and articles by nine different authors. All of these attempt to provide a true picture of the world outside us and ideas to assist in developing a healthy relation to that world.
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"Valerian surrounds the plant life with a warm mantle." - Manfred Klett.
In his landmark work Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations, Manfred Klett explains that the diluted juice of valerian has the faculty to create a sheath, wherever it is sprayed. "As I understand, it is a sheath which consists of condensed warmth ether. It opens towards the spiritual, protects against influences of the natural environment and preserves the workings of its brother and sister preparations when we spray it over the compost heap."
In anticipation of our Fall 2013 Applied Biodynamics Newsletter, we offer a reprint from the Summer 2001 issue on Valerian. Also, from the Winter 2003–2004 issue there are a couple of articles by Patricia Smith on extending a crop with valerian, frost protection and the article Using Valerian the Way Steiner Indicated - An Update
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APPLIED BIODYNAMICS Newsletter of the Josephine Porter is $30.00 four issues per year. However, if you have an Associative Contract we will offer your subscription for only $20.00 per year.
Biodynamic Remedies for Tomato and Potato Blight
1. Bring 1 unit #508 (1.5 ounces by weight of dried herb) to boil in 1 gallon of water, and simmer for 1 hr.
2. Cool and transfer to crock or glass container ( metal? plastic?) - Order of preference is clay crock, glass, copper, porcelained metal, non-magnetic stainless steel, other metals, plastic.
3. Store in cool place and let ferment for 10-14 days until starts to smell.
4. To use add 1 part #508 tea (fresh or fermented) to 9 parts water, (rainwater, or if chlorinated expose to sun for a day).
Please Note: All Biodynamic Preparations are listed by OMRI in the Generic Materials List as follows -
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