Many people feel that biodynamic is the new organic. And with reason. From tomatoes to cucumbers to even coffee. There are companies in India now such as Blue Tokai who are investing into biodynamic coffees as a way to be more friendly towards the environment.
So, bring the biodynamic lifestyle into your homes. Check out these tips from our friends at organic gardening.com on how to maintain a biodynamic backyard.
1. Follow the celestial garden calendar.
Follow the annual Stella Natura. This calendar tracks the passage of the moon through the 12 constellations of the zodiac each month, indicating optimal times to work with a plant’s roots, leaves, flowers, or fruit (a category that includes many vegetables, nuts, and seeds).
2. Mist with a manure or silica preparation.
Preparation 500—made from cow manure buried in the earth to soak up energy—is mixed in tiny amounts into water, then sprayed on soil in early spring to promote root growth. “It helps the earth hold nutrients, air, and water and give them to the young plants,” Mead says. “We see more consistent growth—instead of some seedlings and transplants doing well, virtually all do well.”
Preparation 501—made from quartz crystals ground to a fine powder called silica—is sprayed later in spring and summer, to help leaves take in sunlight. “It’s beautiful in the garden when silica is sprayed,” says Mead. “We usually spray in early morning. The rising sun shines through the mist. And the plants and trees seem to lift themselves up a little bit higher afterward.” Silica helps plants absorb light more effectively, biodynamic practitioners say, resulting in produce with a higher nutrient content.
3. Try biodynamic seeds
Seeds may be more expensive but fans of the system say it gives better and faster germination.
So try out these simple tips and let us know how your biodynamic plants are growing.