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February 2015

WINTER APPLICATION OF BIODYNAMIC TREE PASTE

 
BD Tree Paste ApplicationBiodynamic tree paste is applied once a year in late fall after leaf drop or in late winter before the sap flows and before bud break. It is applied in the descending moon (transplanting time in the Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar) and when the temperature is above freezing. Tree paste is used to provide a protective covering primarily on the bark of fruit trees to enhance the vitality, to help protect the bark from splitting, to discourage insect breeding and infestation, to heal injuries and to cover wounds made during pruning. It may also be applied to fruiting bushes, vines and roses. A coating of the tree paste may slow blossoming so there is less danger of early frost damage. It is recommended for newly planted trees to give them a good start and it is also helpful for ailing or stressed trees. 

The tree bark should first be gently brushed or scraped to remove moss, lichens and dead, loose bark which provides breeding grounds for insects. Backyard gardeners can use a whitewash brush or paintbrush to apply the paste by completely covering smaller trees and the trunks and lower branches of larger trees. Care needs to be taken that you do not break off buds as you are brushing the paste on. The paste may be further diluted and strained to use as a spray to cover the upper branches of tall trees. Hand application is impractical for large orchards and the spray is used to cover the whole tree. 

One of original recipes contained equal parts of sticky clay, cow manure and fine sand. Later, Dr. Pfeiffer modified it by adding one stirred unit of BD#500 (horn manure) and .5 to 1.5 percent Equisetum arvense (BD#508) tea for its anti-fungal properties. Over the years, practitioners have developed their own variations according to their individual needs. JPI currently makes available a version that contains bentonite clay with the Pfeiffer BD Field and Garden 
 
Article Repost - Originally Post by Josephine Porter Institute, January 2015
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The Bridge between the Three Sister System and Biodynamic

Corn Beans Squash
Until recently I used to refer to the cultivation of corn as the foundation of Pre-Columbian civilization in Central and North American. I was wrong in my calculations and time frame. According to the book “Beautiful Corn”, by Anthony Boutard; as early as 1954 only in the United States, the corn-refining industry estimates that 50% of our diet was based on corn, and that number has continued to climb". Corn has been embraced by so many cultures around the world. How much percentage of human population currently depends directly or indirectly from this beautiful gift?
 
Native with Corn Beans SquashFor thousands of years, Oral Native American Traditions honour the corn plant as a gift from the elements. Traditionally during the year, ceremonies are offered to enhance the agricultural practices as needed. The whole community gathers and concentrate their intentions in Ceremonial Dances offering and honouring the four elements and always asking for the well being of the whole community.  To our Indigenous people, the power of our intentions, will, feelings, thoughts and voice it’s been known for millennia. Corn, beans and squash are traditionally inter-planted under these atmosphere and impulses. The “12 of Moon” (translation of “Doce de Luna” in Spanish), counted from the New Moon it is the preferred day to sow the seeds (which is the same as two days before the Full Moon mentioned by Rudolf Steiner).  Prays are raised to obtain good harvest and if the weather is to wet and humid, prays and offerings are directed to the elements asking for dry weather patterns so the corn can mature, dry and store well.
 
The Three Sister System it is an Ancient Native American Tradition that embrace the Spiritual Scientific knowledge of the whole universe and applied it to what we currently call Companion Planting, Beneficial Plant Symbiosis, Agricultural Seasons, Planting Calendar, Full Moon Germinating Force, Intensive Inter-planting, Nitrogen fixing crops (the beans), Living mulching Crops (the squash), trellis (the corn) Non-till and non-Soil Compaction practices (hills/raised beds/path ways), etc, etc, etc.
 
On page 162 and 163 of the Agriculture Course translated by George Adams says: “You should investigate scientifically how important it is to plant horse radish along the edge of your potato fields, to have a sprinkling of cornflower in your corn field, and to exterminate the poppy… …Moreover, strange as it may sound to the Chemist and Biologist of to-day, your human and personal relation to the seed-corn is undoubtedly important. If you examine it thoroughly, you will find it makes a difference to the thriving of the corn, whether the sower simply takes the seed-corn out of a sack and throws it down roughly, or whether he has the habit of shaking it a little in his hand and throwing it gently, sprinkling it on the ground. These differences are of importance in relation to the manuring problem. It would be good for you to discuss these matters with farmers, who cannot but be interested in them. They have no little experience, only their experiences are eclipsed nowadays. Modern agriculture has such experience no longer. Altogether I should advise you- I think it will serve you well- to use old peasant-calendars in connection with manuring problems. They contain very curious instructions, some of which you will indeed be able to formulate in chemical terms”.
 
The bridge between Native American Oral Tradition and Rudolf Steiner teachings appears to me rock solid.
 
Corn, beans and squash are currently regarded as three out of the five most important survival crops all over the internet, since they store well, they can provide food all year around. The appropriate mix of corn and beans eaten together provide the full type and amount of amino acids so needed for proper human nutrition. The flowers, the flesh and specially the seeds of the squash are of exceptional value for human health. Other important crops like tomatoes, tomatillo and hot peppers are traditionally planted near by the Three Sisters. These are just the basic ones, but put a few more ingredients and you can start cooking Mexican dishes. There are dozens of animals, trees, vegetables, flowers and herbs indigenous of America and today are very popular and consumed all over the world.
 
Last year I saw corn plants for sale in a near by garden center!!! Consciously or not, I know that by the minute, more and more people are getting involved recovering Ancient Native American wisdom via Agriculture and eating tacos in the local Mexican Restaurant.
 
Article by Cesar Gomez, 2015
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Harmonic 360 of The Circle

Ying-Yang CalendarThe ancients selected the division of 360 degrees for a specific reason.  (Observe the outer ring of this complex Ying-Yang Chart having specifically 360 divisions).  The factors of the number 36 are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 36 indicating that it has an unusually large range of divisors and therefore more friends with other numbers. All these numbers divide neatly into 36 and compared to other numbers upon examination, it is high on the scale of divisibility.

 

Another important geometric fact regarding circles, harmonics and Triangles, is the relationship of the 360 to an important triangle that has links to the Divine Proportion.  There exists an ancient pre-Babylonian, pre-Egyptian right-angled triangle called the Pythagorean 3-4-5 (where 3x3 + 4x4 = 5x5).  If you multiply each side of this triangle by 36, you get a larger triangle with sides of 3x36 / 4x36 / 5x36 = 108 / 144 / 180 units revealing harmonics of Phi (108) and Speed of Light (144) and Half Circle (180 degrees).

 

Then, by doubling these numbers again, if you multiply each side of this 3-4-5 triangle by 72, you get a larger triangle with sides of 3x72 / 4x72 / 5x72 = 216 / 288 / 360 units giving the celebrated harmonics of the Circle, which is the key to ancient time travel and implosive physics, the art of how to bend time and space non-destructively, using the timeless Harmonics of the Infinite Circle.

Article Repost - Written by ~ Jain 108, Mathemagic's

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How to Schedule your Planting by the Moon

The seed catalogs are starting to roll in and with it comes the need to organize and figure out what next year’s garden is going to be like. So with that, I think right now is the prime time to repost some of my garden planning techniques. This first one is how to create a schedule for your plantings. You don’t have to plan according to the moon cycles but you’ll find other helpful information about frost dates and such. I live in a very mild climate with an extraordinary long growing season. I used to just plop things in the ground as needed but nothing ever blew me away production-wise. Then I started reading about growing by the cycles of the moon. It made sense to me. The gravitational pull of the moon effects so many things, why not also plants? Also the moon offers reflective light that can be absorbed by plants.

The first thing you will need to do is determine your area’s average first and last frost dates. Almost all plantings are first based off of these dates. There are several resources online to help you find this, but the most inclusive list can be found  through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website. You want to choose the dates under the 10% columns.

The next thing you want to do is figure out when your seeds will need to be planted.  Once you have your planting dates for your plants it’s time to determine when during the moon cycles you should start them. For transplants that will be planted indoors or in a greenhouse you can choose the closest corresponding moon phase either before or after the given date on the spreadsheet. If they are direct sown seeds you’ll want to choose the closest moon phase after the date.

To find out the moon phase dates you can check your Celestial Planting Calendar monthly pages.

So what gets planted when?     

Full Moom

After the full moon: Moonlight is decreasing, but because of the strong gravitational pull, there is more moisture in the soil. Transplanting and planting root crops is favorable during this time.  

What to plant: Beets, Carrots, Onions, Garlic, Parsnips, Turnips, Rutabagas, Potatoes, Peanuts, Celeraic, Leeks, Radishes, Salsify, and any other root crop. Bulbs, perennials, and biennials are good to plant now too. 

Wanning Moom

After the 4th Quarter: Decreasing moonlight and gravitational pull make this a resting period. It’s a good time to cultivate, harvest, transplant and prune.  

What to plant: Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Chard, Spinach, Grain crops (including corn), Artichokes, Bok Choy, Cardoon, Celery, most Herbs, Greens, Kale, Kohlrabi, etc. Cucumbers also like this phase though they are an exception to the rule. 

 

New Moon

After the new moon: Increasing gravitational pull and moonlight create equal root and leaf growth. This is a good time for planting above ground crops that produce seeds outside the fruit. 

Waxing Moon

After the 2nd Quarter: The gravitational pull is lessening but the moonlight is increasing. This is a good time to plant above ground fruiting crops. 

What to plant: Beans, Peas, Squash, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Tomatillos, Berries, Melons, Gourds, Okra, Peppers, etc.  

Article Repost - Originally posted by Mother Earth News | Homegrown Life | 1/13/2012 | By Farm Aid and Homegrown.org

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