Welcome to my blog page. If you have any questions or comments about my planting research, the calendar, or the work that I am doing with honeybees, please do not hesitate to ask.
Great to see see you and hear about bees and the planting calendar.
I hope to see you in Glenora some time. If you stay for a while I'll have various accommodation.
I will try to come out in the summer.
Great ideas . Just getting started with bees bet I have ?'s soon
Thanks for the comment. Let me know if you need any help.
Just found your page. I'm a newbie at gardening here on the gulf coast in AL so I hope to use your method in the 6 growing seasons we have. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks Jimmy. Let me know if you need any help or advice.
Just found your website! I've been reading about biodynamics and am trying to incorporate as many of the principles as I can into my edible garden, even though it is not possible to raise animals in my small suburban backyard. I do what I can, including worm composting, add horse manure from a local farm, no chemicals/no GMO products, fertilize with organic, raw fish emulsion, use organic seeds, and incorporate CA native plants, where possible. Can you advise on your top ten suggestions for a "hybrid biodynamic" urban farmer, like myself? Secondly, is there a biodynamic formula for heavy feeders, such as citrus and avocados trees? Look forward to your response!
Thanks for your post. The heart of biodynamic agriculture are the preps (500-507). Two are sprays, and 5 are compost preps. If you send me your e-mail I can give you some material to look at. Also, you can look at Steiner's lectures on agriculture, which are the basis of biodynamic agriculture. The website is at www.rsarchive.org. My e-mail is on the website (lower left corner). I also believe in some permaculture practice and incorporate this into biodynamics.
Just found your sight. I live in South Australia , have been gardening chemical free for 30 years, always used waxing and waning cycles for seed planting always 2 days before the new/full moon but never considered Apogee or Perigee . Waiting to plant carrots now so will use this new info . Thank you
Thanks for your comment. I find perigee in particular is a very favourable planting time. I will have the 2016 calendar out in late December
The first planting trial for this year's calendar is this Tuesday, April 5th. It's a lettuce/radish trial. I will plant 25 seeds of each for each of the trial dates. The other planting dates are April 7th, 19th, 20th. The weather is warm, so I will plant he lettuce in small pots in the green house and then plant out in a couple of weeks. The radish I will direct sow. Anyone want to join me in this trial? Its not a lot of work, and I would love the company. I will use this blog to post all of my planting and harvesting for this year's calendar. Happy planting, John Bach
Planted 1a on April 5th and 1b on April 7th. Only 6 degrees c on the 5th, and 18 c on the 7th! A big temperature swing- it will be interesting to see if this affects the final harvest numbers.
I was looking for guidance re planting success based on your calendar. Can you take a look in your introductory notes to the planting calendar -in the box there is a misprint I think - both waxing and waning are mentioned against new moon, no mention of full moon? No problem- its helping me learn. Thanks
Hi, I have started researching on Biodynamic gardening and want to use the principles for my backyard garden in Southern India. Is the calendar provided by you applicable in India?
The full moon, apogee and perigee indications in my calendar will work anywhere in either the northern or southern hemisphere. What will not work is the ascending and descending phases of the various planets, which are different (opposite) for each hemisphere. A planet that is ascending in the northern hemisphere will be descending in the southern hemisphere. An ephemeris for your area will tell you which planets are in ascending and descending phases. j
Hope this helps,
Thank you for this amazing resource and for sharing your exciting research with us! I have just discovered your website and have only recently been introduced to this method, so I am looking forward to trialling your calendar in my garden in Australia.
Thanks for the kind words. I hope that you find the calendar useful. The only thing that you should be aware of is that the ascending planetary phases only apply to the northern hemisphere. The perigee and full moon planting times will not be affected. I may try to put in the ascending phases for the southern hemisphere next year, if I can find a good southern ephemeris.
Cheers, John Bach
Thank-you for sharing your research and this very user-friendly biodynamic calendar! I just planted my first seeds indoors and am looking forward to working with it this growing season. We just ordered the Stella Natura calendar at the farm where I grow and am eager to compare the two. Are you available for questions?
I am interested in any comments and questions that you may have regarding the biodynamic planting and research calendar that I publish, and also any questions and comments that you may have about honeybees, and the biodynamic approach to beekeeping.