Storing the Biodynamic Preparations:
The Preparations are stored in earthen vessels. Each Preparation has its own vessel surrounded by peat in a wooden box that resides in our cool, moist root cellar. When you place your order we package your Preparations and mail them to you. Please order the Preparations shortly before you are ready to use them.
If you must wait to use your Preparations, place them in a dark place.
Using the Biodynamic Preparations:
Biodynamic Compost Preparation Set – A Preparation Set is enough for a compost pile approximately 20 feet by 6 feet by 4 feet. Insert BD #502 – BD #506 into the pile as follows: take the handle end of a shovel and make six holes approximately 1- 2 feet deep into top/side the pile at equal intervals around the entire pile. Pour each Preparation 502 – 506 into a different hole (using five holes). You can put the compostable packing into the hole afterwards. Then take BD #507, the valerian preparation, and pour it into a gallon of water. Stir the water with your hand making a vortex, then reversing the vortex, back and forth for 10 minutes. Pour approximately one third of the solution into the sixth whole and then with a masonry brush or an evergreen bough, sprinkle the rest of the valerian solution onto the pile.
There is no need to turn the compost pile at any point after “prepping” it.
The Field Sprays:
BD #500 or Horn Manure Preparation – Mix 1 unit (approximately 2 ounces) per acre in 3 gallons of water (e.g., for a 10 acre field use 10 units and 30 gallons of water). Stir vigorously making a vortex almost to the bottom of the barrel. Reverse your stir. Stir continuously for 60 minutes. You can stir with your hand or a stick. Broadcast your stirred 500 solution on your garden or field when the ground is showing in early spring or late fall. Large masonry brushes work well. BD 500 should be stirred in the late afternoon and applied ideally within 2 hours of stirring and on a windless day.
For large quantities we stir in a 55 gallon drum with a wooden canoe paddle. A pole suspended from above will also work.
Biodynamic Compound Preparation or Barrel Compost or BC – Mix 1 unit (approximately 2 ounces) per acre in 3 gallons of water. Stir vigorously making a vortex almost to the bottom of the barrel. Reverse your stir. Stir continuously for 20 minutes. Broadcast on your garden or field when the ground is showing in early spring or late fall on a windless day, using a large masonry brush or an evergreen bough. This Preparation is often used when there is not enough biodynamic compost to cover your garden or field, as it brings the energetic, enlivening qualities of the Biodynamic Compost preparations. We add our BC during the final 20 minutes of our Horn Manure Preparation stir, thereby getting both preparations onto our fields with one stirring and spreading.
BD #501 or Silica Preparation– Mix 1 unit (1/2 teaspoon) per acre in 3 gallons of water. Caution: dry Silica Preparation should be handled with gloves and a facemark as it is dangerous if inhaled or ingested.) Stir vigorously making a vortex almost to the bottom of the bucket or barrel. Reverse your stir. Stir continuously for 60 minutes. We apply with a backpack sprayer or a commercial sprayer. BD #501 should be applied in the early morning soon after sun rise.
Equisetum – Boil 1 quart of water. Add the equisetum and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Add to 3 gallons of water. Stir for 15 minutes creating vortex. Spray with a fine mist (backpack sprayer works well). Covers about 1 acre. Equisetum helps with molds, mildews and rusts.
**There are some very good instructional videos on youtube.com on proper vortex stirring the biodynamic preparations.