Stirring

Stirring to create vortex.  Stirring Stirring  affords an intimacy with the land.  When we stir, as many of us as possible  participate. We each are unique in the way we stir, so it is important to have the imprint of each of our energies in the stirred preps. When we stir, we throw the water… Read more »

Stirring Equipment

Stirring “510” in 12 gallon crock  at sunrise. The stirring equipment needed depends on how much you will be spraying. For an acre or less, a 10-12 gallon crock or small wooden barrel or wooden bucket works well. Get one that has never had chemicals in it. We use a wooden dowel or stick to… Read more »

Sequence Sprays

Stirring “preps” for sequence spray. If you do only two practices to begin Biodynamic gardening, do a sequence spray and start a compost pile. As time goes by, you can adapt the use of the sprays to your own land’s needs, but the sequence is the ground work. This week we will explain the “sequence.”… Read more »

Time to Order the Biodynamic Preparations

BD #501, Horn Silica, is stored in sunlight.       Even one hundred years ago Rudolf Steiner foresaw the problems of climate change and of the diminishing fertility of the soil and developed practices to help. He described these practices in his lectures of 1924, now published in Agriculture, recommending that we use biodynamic… Read more »

What the Bees Are Up To This Week

Honey Bees in Flowering Rosemary What the Bees Are Up To This Week The honey bees are very busy this week augmenting their winter honey storage and making a new queen. The plum tree, which popped into bloom on Saturday, sounds like a swarm, as do the rosemary bushes by the house. The native pollinators… Read more »

Boundaries and Water

Boundaries and Water This time of year storms pummel us with wind and rain; we watch the ditches along our long gravel driveway like hawks. One branch or clump of leaves stopping up the ditch can wash out the road in a matter of minutes. Donald has resisted asphalting our driveway. We think of the… Read more »

On Boundaries

Dasher walking the eastern boundary. On Boundaries Each year this time when we receive our certification renewal papers, we are asked to describe what is happening along each section of the boundary of our property. There are two reasons for this. In Demeter Biodynamic/ Stellar Certification Services organic farming we are required to have buffer… Read more »

Pruning

Pruning Pruned chardonnay vine   Pruning In January Natalio begins pruning the grapevines and fruit trees when it is not raining, then ties canes of the pruned vines to train them. Each year he is anxious to get started, always competitive with himself on how quickly he gets done. Still, he is patient once he begins. He… Read more »

Crystallization

Crystallization In biodynamics the period from January 15 to February 15 is called the Crystallization Period, that time when the earth is fallow and most receptive to the energies of the cosmos. It is said that any application applied at this time will do nothing until after February 15, so it truly is a period… Read more »

Two Blessings of 2010: Wesley and Dasher

  Two Blessings of 2010: Wesley and Dasher We start 2011 contemplating the blessings of 2010, including the birth of our grandson, Wesley, and four new goatlings.   Donald and I (Patricia) live on a small, Demeter certified Biodynamic® ranch on the lower flanks the western mountain range of the Napa Valley, California, raising grapes, lavender,… Read more »