Sunday, November 15, 2009

Is Biodynamic Gardening something religious?

I have a son who is well-versed in biodynamic growing... I wanted to pass this blog entry along from because they give a pretty good explanation of some of what biodyamic is and isn't:

"It is important to understand that biodynamics is a way of gardening or farming. It is not a religion, or a faith, but a proven way of getting higher yields of high quality crops. There is evidence that it works and I suggest the curious look at “The Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar 2009 by Maria Thun and Matthias K. Thun where they will find evidence of ongoing trials. This is the best moon planting calendar and includes details of planting trials. Please note: moon planting is based on ASTRONOMY and NOT astrology as some critics suggest.

I have used the above moon planting calendar for many years. I can’t prove whether it works or not in the ’scientific’ sense because I have never done any double blind trials. What I can say is that people have remarked on the quality, size and yields of the crops from the garden even in difficult years. You may dismiss moon planting as a joke, an engineer friend did just that some years back. My response was to ask him about the energy needs of the world and suggest that if we could harness the power of tides that move enormous amounts of water around the world twice a day then we could satisfy the world’s energy needs many times over. If you consider the forces needed to create tides, it easier to accept that such huge gravitational forces have an effect on living organisms.

Update 08 Feb 2009. There is an article in the 07 Feb 20009 edition of New Scientists magazine which says that researchers have linked the gravitational pull of the sun and moon to earthquakes.

“Besides causing ocean tides the sun and the moon also pull at the Earth’s crust and upper mantle, resulting in “Earth tides”. At its strongest, this pull can ease enough of the pressure on the tectonic plates for them to slip against each other.”

Although the article says the effect is small in terms of the power needed to create earthquakes, it is a factor and once again shows just how strong the pull of the sun, moon and planets can be. This if further evidence to suggest that these huge forces could well have an effect on plant growth; in fact it would be surprising if they did not!

Further reading

Bockemuhl, Joachim, In Partnership with Nature. Anthroposophic, USA.-, Extraordinary Plant Qualities for Biodynamics, Floris.

Cloos, Walther, The Living Earth, Lanthorn.

Colquhoun, Margaret and Axel Ewald, New Eyes for Plants, Hawthorn.

Conford, Philip, The Origins of the Organic Movement, Floris.

Grotzke, Heinz, Biodynamic Greenhouse Management, Biodynamic Literature, USA.

Klett, Manfred, Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations, Floris.

Koepf, H.H. The Biodynamic Farm. Anthroposophic, USA.-, Research in Biodynamic Agriculture, Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Ass. USA.

Kranich, Ernst Michael, Planetary Influences upon Plants, Biodynamic Literature, USA.

Moore, Hilmar, Rudolf Steiner’s Contribution to the History and Practice of AgriculturalEducation, Biodynamic Literature, USA.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Are their real benefits in buying organic wooden toys?

Are organic wooden toys worth the extra expense? Do their benefits outweigh the benefits of purchasing the 'toy of the month' your child so dearly covets when watching his/her favorite TV programs-- I mean, some of those big ticket plastic toys are soooo cute, right? Go here to read one person's opinion about wood vs. plastic.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Falling Away from All that Extra Garden Work...

Eileen over at her blog Organic Gardening for the Clueless has discovered that leaving the leaves in the garden and the dead heads to bob in the wind is actually not so clueless... it's good environmental science. The leaves turn to compost, the odd seed heads provide winter munchies for the birds.  And, now, WILD BEES are also benefited by my messy yard!

Turns out that winter is the prime season for the lazy gardener... I personally wonder how I can convince my neighbors of this in my pretty pristine retirement ghetto? (I do care what my neighbors think, alas).

The Bee Friendly Garden Bee Garden Colouring Book

Monday, November 2, 2009

Organic Gardening And Its Many Benefits

As people have began to realize environmental problems and global warming better, they have changed their negative thinking towards the environment into something which can be beneficial for the environment and for them. One such process that people have adopted to reduce environmental devastation is green gardening practices. For numerous humans, gardening is an important part of their lives either for making a living out of the crops or just for leisure purpose. Nowadays, as people have started to make their move towards sustainability and green living, organic gardening has become very famous. Before, humans had to rely on Northern Kentucky pest control and Cincinnati pest control for their herbicide needs and to keep their backyard free from insects. Additionally, with green gardening, people can be certain they can take care of the insects and infestation with natural methods.

There are many tips available that can make organic gardening procedures easier and there are numerous benefits associated with the procedure as well. Organic fertilizers are the best to be used for the vegetables growing in the garden. They release minerals slowly so that minerals last for a long time. Rain water is chemical free and people can collect rain water in containers to use in the backyard. There are many different kinds of rain barrels available which are made of recycled plastics and reused food drums. Collecting rain water can be very helpful for the garden during hot seasons.

Green containers can be used to plant veggies and flowers where space is limited. This method is known as container gardening and do not require excessive organic material as they are being sealed. Green pots are made out of natural elements and will make a great component for organic gardening. To take care of the development of plants, gardeners can make use of green gardening supplies and organic disease control techniques. Furthermore, if the garden gets infested, it is wise to use biological control or natural control techniques like presenting natural hunters into the backyard which will crush invaders without causing any damage to the vegetables.

It allows the attachment between nature and human beings to become healthier and enables humans to take advantage of chemical-free fruits and vegetables. Organic gardening uses natural compost and does not encourage usage of chemical fertilizers. This means that humans are able to save the environment from ongoing degradation and protect wildlife also. There is no risk associated with organic gardening for people and animals.

Green gardening offers humans to do good for the nature and for the generation to follow. It also allows people to feed their kids healthy produce without the influence of chemicals and toxins. Moreover, these procedures allow people to grow food much inexpensively than those grown with the use of chemicals. Fertilizers and pesticides are generally made of toxins which are harmful to the environments and to the well being of humans. Organic gardening makes individuals do something for the environment, for themselves, for their children and for the future generation.

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About the Author: Connor R. Sullivan read recently of a Northern Kentucky pest control problem which is causing damage to area homes. He heard there was a Cincinnati pest control problem in certain neighborhoods.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Organic Garden Dream Board

Kale, Lettuce, Salad, Organic, Food

This feed on organic gardening should keep me in sweet dreams all winter until it's time to put in the seedlings here on Vancouver Island in the Spring...
What to plant in November 2009 by Aussie Organic Gardening
Spring weather has been quite erratic across Australia, and planting will have to be adjusted to suit local microclimates rather than a general climate zone. As the best phase to sow corn in November is from the 26th this year, ...
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