BD #500 – also called Horn Manure. Apply in the spring and/or fall when bare ground presents. Promotes root activity and grown of plants; aids in the germination of seeds; balancer of the soil's nitrogen and ph.
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Biodynamic Compound Preparation - also called Barrel Compost or BC. Made from all of the Biodynamic Compost Preparations and used when not enough compost is available or to further enliven the soil.
By Sherry WildfeuerRudolf Steiner lectured on agriculture in 1924 at the request of a group of farmers who already appreciated his contribution to the understanding of human nature, education, medicine, science, art, religion and more. The insights and practices from his Agriculture Course, known as Biodynamics, have been taken up by farmers and gardeners worldwide.
Steiner pointed to the cosmic influences from the sun, moon, planets and stars as important factors to work with in agriculture. Then he challenged his listeners to develop a new science of timing for seed sowing to replace the old proverbs. Considerable research has been done, notably by German biodynamic farmer Maria Thun since the early 1950s, and the Stella Natura charts largely reflect her observations and conclusions.The calendar is meant to be used with common sense and an eye to the weather. The charts assist you in choosing optimum times to sow seeds, transplant, cultivate your crops and harvest them for storage. There is also room each day to keep gardening notes.Dimensions are 9” x 12”Weight is 6 oz
BD #501 – also called Horn Silica. Applied in early morning. It is an aid to photosynthesis and enhances flavor and
The Biodynamic Compost Preparations:
These six Preparations are placed in your compost pile together, enriching and preparing compost for your fields and gardens. Use One Compost Preparation Set per a 15 tons or less compost pile (approximately 20 feet by 6 feet by 5 feet). Wait up to a year before using the compost. No turning of the pile is necessary.
BD #502 – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium flowers) assists with potassium and sulphur and with plant growth.
BD #503 – Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla flowers) is a stabilizer of nitrogen and strengthener of plant growth.
BD #504 – Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica stem & leaves) is a stimulator of iron, potassium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium.
BD #505 – Oak Bark (Quercus alba bark) assists in phosphorous and calcium development and fungal resistance.
BD #506 – Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale flowers) stimulates boron, selenium and magnesium.
BD #507 – Valerian (Valeriana officianale flowers) stimulates phosphorous activity and soil warmth.
by Matthias Thun
This biodynamic sowing and planting calendar celebrates its 60th anniversary with a new, easy-to-view layout. The new-look features:
Dimensions are 9” x 6” x 3/8"Weight is 10.5 oz
- A clearer, easy-to-view layout making it simpler to plan what to do and when
- More space dedicated to detailed explanations of the recommended activities
- New information panels to support seasoned growers and beginners
- More detailed planting, tending and harvesting information to maximize the yield and vitality of crops and plants
- Solar and lunar events, plus information on planetary aspects, are given dedicated space
Equisetum – Equisetum arvense acts as a preventative when fungus issues present.
Gardening with the Moon & Stars by Elen Sentier brings biodynamics to the ordinary gardener. Elen Sentier is passionate about biodynamics. She feels it’s vital to make organics and biodynamics available to as many people as possible if we are to help our earth cope with the increasing demands we humans place upon her. Biodynamics is easy, simple, cheap and super-effective; it's seriously good horticulture too, and it works in whatever size of garden you have, from a window box to several acres. This book is written in plain down-to-earth language with lots of tips and hints to help you learn how easy it is to use the preparations and work with the biodynamic planting calendar.
Gardening for Life: the Biodynamic Way by Maria Thun. Thun was an authority on biodynamics and dedicated her life to the research and application of biodynamic principals. She recognized how cosmic energies influence the germination of seeds and growth of plants. She created the Biodynamic Compound Preparation recipe to support the life of the soil and the vitality of plants and crops.
Gardening for Life is fully illustrated in color, with helpful instructions, an index, and follow up information.
We recommend this kit for your soil and flowers, vegetables, shrubs, trees and lawns, as you begin your spring gardening season. It covers up to one acre*.It includes one unit each of:
- Two soil preparations: BD#500 (Horn Manure) & Biodynamic Compound (Barrel Compost or BC)
- One foliar preparation: BD#501 (Horn Silica)
- One Set of Biodynamic Compost Preparations (BD#502 - 507) that can be used in either your compost pile or in your seed starting/potting mix.
*If you have more than one acre, order one additional unit of BD 500, BD 501 and BC for each addition acre to be treated.Also, remember to add a biodynamic calendar to your order, either the Stella Natura Calendar or the Maria Thun Almanac to guide your daily work in the garden.