Biodynamic gardening is as much a philosophy and a way of life as it is a coordination of everything in nature. If you are using organic methods in a small yard or gardening space, you might already be using some portions of a Biodynamic method. Due to our desires to reconnect with nature and be more mindful of our environment, biodynamics are experiencing a resurgence. Part of the cycle of life.
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Its surprising that only two generations ago most of us were much more connected to nature. My paternal grandparents actually had a farm with cattle, horses, chickens and pigs, and fruit trees and crops to feed a large family. My maternal grandparents were lived on a tiny plot. Their intensive garden was their delight as well as a necessity too. One of my fondest memories was sitting on Grandpa’s shoulders to reach up and pick a fresh apricot. Both grandparents lifestyle was biodynamic. Table scraps were thrown out in the garden to compost and manure was the natural choice for fertilizer. Today, we have to set aside a specific composting space for our organic gardens.
Its simple. Its organic. Wikipedia’s definition: It treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated. It emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. The new biodynamic gardening movement, also known as French Intensive gardening, increases yield in small spaces, and often uses raised beds. Organic, biodynamic gardens have been proved to yield four to six times the average yield. And they use 1/8 as much water.
If you haven’t listened to my newest podcast with Katrina Frey, you might want to take 30 minutes and listen to how her family has created award-winning wines using this method.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll learn all the details about creating water-wise, pesticide-free, fabulous gardens with less work in almost every post. It ALL starts with the soil. Beautiful, compost-rich soils enhanced with manure (get my Soil Recipe e-book), provide everything your garden needs. Your plants will be healthy and strong, naturally disease and pest resistant. They will have all the moisture they need because composted, healthy soils naturally hold the moisture.
Biodynamic, Organic, Intensive, Abundance
You can plant much more intensively and water less when you’ve enriched your soil. The roots aren’t competing for what the plant needs because the nutrition is readily available to the plants. And remember to interplant your vegetables with flowers. Or as I like to do, interplant my perennials with vegetables and herbs! You’ll delight more pollinators and other wildlife too.
In sync with nature,
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