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After talking about biodynamic agriculture in a previous article, we restrict the observation point to the more 'domestic' aspect of the material and speak here of biodynamic horticulture. Also in this case we will recommend a book to read which, not being easy to find in the bookstore, you can order via the Internet.
Green manure and the phases of the moon, a fundamental technique and theme of biodynamic, have a lot to do with cultivation of the vegetable garden, an activity that impacts on the one hand on nutrition and on the other on the search for balance between man and nature that the most convinced biodynamic pursues.
We have already said that the biodynamic it does not convince everyone on everything, but some indications meet the confirmation of science as well as in the very ancient cultivation rules handed down since ancient times. Among these, respect for the phases of the moon which, in harmony with the movements of the earth's satellite, guarantees a better harvest.
Biodynamic horticulture it is therefore respect for the phases of the moon, which beyond the complicated terminology consists in exploiting the physical and chemical influences of the Moon on plants as man has always done.
Up to fifty years ago there was no farmer who did not observe the motions of the moon and stars before starting work in the countryside, but also taking care of the animals in the barn, bottling wine or cutting timber. L'vegetable garden was no exception and the sowing, transplanting and harvesting of vegetables followed the rhythm marked month by month by the lunar calendar.
The rules of cultivation of the vegetable garden according to the phases of the Moon are what the reader finds in Manual of biodynamic horticulture written by Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer and Erika Riese, two scholars of biodynamic philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner. The other aspects of horticultural activity, such as fertilizing the soil and the intercropping of vegetables, are also dealt with in a timely and in-depth manner.
The text is also very interesting because it offers an authoritative, consolidated (the first edition is from 1970) and international reading of the most ancient and shared horticultural traditions. Handbook of biodynamic horticulture can be purchased online at 14.87 euros
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