Biodynamics For The Home Garden

Author: Peter Proctor
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ISBN: 9780473188337
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The essential guide to using biodynamics in your home garden by one of the world's masters. Biodynamic gardening is an organic system using particular preparations made from cow dung, silica crystals and various medicinal herbs. Preparations are sprinkled on the land to enhance microbial life in the soil. They are sprayed in a mist over the leaves of the plants to enhance photosynthesis and strengthen the plant or put into composts and liquid manures to assist the proper breakdown of the organic matter. Farmers and gardeners say that using the Biodynamic system of agriculture makes organic farming and gardening work!

Biodynamic Gardening

Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465441034
Size: 14,75 MB
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A simple step-by-step guide to biodynamics This is the easy guide to getting luscious fruit and vegetables and gorgeous flowers by harnessing the rhythms of nature and using all-natural methods. For gardeners looking for a self-sufficient, ethical approach that produces great results, biodynamics is the ultimate form of organic gardening. DK's trademark visual approach and practical advice shows the home gardener how to get the best from their garden using biodynamic methods. Biodynamic Gardening is the perfect introduction to this ultra-green method, explaining how it works by improving soil health and performing key tasks at optimal times. Focused chapters show you what to do in the garden each season, including preparing and feeding the soil, caring for plants, keeping a balanced garden ecosystem, and harvesting at the best times for the best flavor. It also includes step-by-step features explain how to make the special soil preparations biodynamic gardening is so famous for.

Vegetable Gardening For Organic And Biodynamic Growers

Author: Joel Morrow
Editor: Lindisfarne Books
ISBN: 9781584201670
Size: 11,54 MB
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Joel Morrow was editor of the journal Biodynamics for over thirty years, in which he published regular 'biographies' of vegetables. The 76 biographies in this book address all aspects of the vegetables, including how to grow them, their climate of origin, their transformation over time, and their nutritional and therapeutic potential.Arranged alphabetically -- from Asian Brassicas to Winter Squash -- this unique book is more than just a gardening guide. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's spiritual view of nature, it offers a complete understanding of the vegetables, revealing their inner characteristics and helping growers to improve plant health and yields.

Gardening For Health And Nutrition

Author: John Philbrick
Editor: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 9780880104036
Size: 20,48 MB
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A simple, down-to-earth introduction to the method of biodynamic gardening especially written for the backyard gardener. Long out of print, this classic introduction to biodynamic gardening introduces the gardener to an obvious, often forgotten principle: gardening is about living things, life forces, and life as such. This book provides a simple and practical guide for the beginning gardener. It deals with planning a vegetable garden: how, when, and where to plant seeds and tools and compost making raised beds crop rotation, mulching, and companion plants harvesting, cooking, and preserving There are also sections on flowers, lawns, and home orchards.

Culture And Horticulture

Author: Wolf D. Storl
Editor: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583945687
Size: 12,18 MB
Format: PDF
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Various studies have shown time and again that small organic farms and home gardens are capable of producing more food per acre with less fossil energy than large-scale commercial agricultural installations dependent on machines and toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This classic book by Wolf D. Storl, a respected elder in the practice of permaculture, details how food is grown holistically and beautifully by traditional communities around the world, and shows how to apply their ancient wisdom to our own gardens. With interest in natural, sustainable, organic and local food at an all-time high, people are looking beyond their farmers markets and CSA cooperatives to hyperlocal ways of growing healthy, delicious produce in urban gardens and their own backyards. Culture and Horticulture details time-tested methods that are as effective today as they were hundreds of years ago. On the practical front, the book works as a manual for creating and maintaining a bountiful harvest. It explains how to build the soil to maintain fertility; how to produce compost; how to plant, sow, and tend the various fruit and vegetable plants; how to rotate crops and practice companion planting; how to set up a favorable microclimate; how to deal with so-called weeds and pests; how to harvest at the right time; and finally how to store vegetables and herbs. Special emphasis is given to the art and science of composting, the compost being the "heart" of any self-sufficient garden and a model for the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. At the same time the reader is introduced to the wider aspects of horticulture, to its historical, philosophical, and cosmological contexts and social relevance. Gardening is a cultural activity, shaped by peoples' thoughts, wishes, and needs as well as by their cultural traditions. The author, an anthropologist by profession who has investigated the gardening practices of indigenous people throughout the world and worked for many years on biodynamic farms and in his own food garden, will introduce the reader to Rudolf Steiner's vision of the garden as an organic unit, embedded in the context of terrestrial and cosmic forces. Storl explains the importance of cosmic rhythms (solar, lunar, and planetary), the role of biodynamic herbal preparations as "medicines" for the garden organism, and the so-called "etheric" and "astral" forces. The book presents a vision of the garden as seen through the eyes of "Goethean science," a magical place where alchemical transformations of material substances take place.

Grasp The Nettle

Author: Peter Proctor
Editor: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
ISBN: 1775530426
Size: 19,86 MB
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The expert guide to biodynamic farming and gardening. In this revised and updated edition of Grasp the Nettle Peter Proctor tells the reader how to apply biodynamic methods of farming and gardening to a wide range of conditions in New Zealand and in other countries. The book provides practical observations and techniques, and relates these to the spiritual scientific knowlege upon which that biodynamic practice is based. Peter gives tips on how to recognise healthy soil and pasture, and on how to make your own biodynamic preparations. He also gives examples of farms that are successfully using biodynamic methods. This book aims to assist biodynamic farmers and gardeners to observe the processes of life and growth, and to understand how these processes are governed by cosmic forces, so they can use this knowlege in applying their practical skills. Peter Proctor, past national field advisor for the NZ Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association, now teaches and advises farmers on biodynamic methods around the world.

The Biodynamic Year

Author: Maria Thun
Editor: Temple Lodge Publishing
ISBN: 1902636864
Size: 16,54 MB
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Join the author on a journey through the seasons and discover great new tips and suggestions. The Biodynamic Year contains a wealth of advice for gardeners who wish to care for and manage nature more responsibly and successfully.

The Pfeiffer Garden Book

Author: Alice Heckel
Editor:
ISBN:
Size: 18,14 MB
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A Biodynamic Manual

Author: Pierre Masson
Editor:
ISBN: 9781782500803
Size: 19,39 MB
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For anyone already practicing, or turning to, biodynamic gardening and farming methods, numerous detailed questions arise, such as: How do you make and use the key preparations, such as horn manure and horn silica? How do you develop living, fertile soil? Which treatments are best for controlling weeds, pests and disease? This manual, fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams and photographs, provides the answers. The book covers: all aspects of making and using biodynamic preparations and composts managing the health of plants controlling weeds and pests working with cosmic rhythms combatting common diseases such as mildew working with seeds, pastes and root dips care of fruit trees and vines This second edition also has extensive new chapters on large-scale farming, including livestock and cereal cultivation, and vegetable farming. The whole book has also been completely revised and updated. Although the technical aspects of biodynamic growing are exhaustively covered, the author also considers the human qualities necessary for this kind of agriculture to succeed. This is an invaluable guide for all biodynamic growers to have to hand daily.

Sustainable Gardening For Dummies

Author: Donna Ellis
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118348540
Size: 13,82 MB
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Created especially for the Australian customer! Reduce your environmental footprint in the garden with this practical guide With all the talk about the health of the planet, you've probably heard about sustainability. Now you can apply these principles in your own backyard, whether that's an Aussie apartment balcony or a sprawling Kiwi rural spread. Find out great techniques for planning your sustainable garden and keeping your plants - and you - happy and healthy. Plant nutrients - what are they and how can you supply them to your plants sustainably? Watering techniques - how much water does your garden really need, and how can you conserve and supply it? Landscaping and gardening materials - where do they come from and are they sustainable? Biodiversity - how do you help increase the biodiversity of the planet through your own gardening practices? Organic gardening, permaculture and biodynamics - what methods can you adopt to improve your sustainable garden? Weeds and pests - how are they defined, and how do you control them while being kind to the environment? Compost heaps and worm farms - how do you build and maintain them, and what do they do for your garden? Potting mix - how can you choose a sustainable product or even make your own?