Biodynamic Sessions at EcoFarm 2015

Biodynamic Gardening Report 35—Jan. 16-22, 2015

In this episode, farmer Ralph Johnson wields one of his most useful tools for the garden and fields: his smartphone that helps him check as well as a couple of other sites for further info to “triangulate” the correct information for planting by the moon per biodynamic practices. We also discuss the EcoFarm Conference 2015 which we hope to attend together next week in Pacific Grove, California, near Monterey. They have scheduled several sessions on Friday January 22 about biodynamics: hopefully we’ll record next week’s Biodynamic Gardening Report at this exciting conference for sustainable, ecological farming.


Tom Philpott of Mother Jones at EcoFarm 2012

The first two days of the week, the moon is in Sagittarius. The sign is dry and barren. It’s a fire sign. You shouldn’t plant seeds. Harvest root crops and plant fruit trees. It’s a good sign to work ground, which is what I’ll do Friday.

JRJO_logoThe moon is in Capricorn on January 18-19. It’s an earth sign: dry, and productive. These are good days to prune and graft for healing. It’s a good time to apply compost and organic fertilizer.

On January 20-21, the moon is in Aquarius, an air sign which is barren and dry: not a good day for planting. It’s okay for harvesting root crops; it’s also good for cultivation and weeding out pests.

The last day of this time period, the moon is in Pisces. It’s a water sign—moist and productive. It’s the second best day for planting/transplanting, seeding, and watering. Since the moon became new on January 20, this is an excellent day for seeding your leafy greens.

—Ralph Johnson

Biodynamic gardening principles—some of the most ancient agricultural practices on the planet—require the farmer’s attention to moon phases and constellations to pursue the most effective gardening and farming practices on any given day in the month. San Luis Obispo County farmer Ralph Johnson of Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farms provides insight into how the moon’s phases affect gardening success.


—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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