Compost, the Best Gift for Pacha Mama’s Day

Biodynamic Gardening Report 48—April 17-23, 2015


hugging a really big tree in the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California

Happy Pacha Mama’s Day! We’re celebrating Earth Day this year at the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival on the grounds of Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles. In this episode, we discuss local sustainable foodie producers, best days for garden work in the coming week, and optimum days for applying compost to the garden. Looking forward to enjoying summer tomatoes and other veg in a few months. Thank you Pacha Mama!

Earth Day Food & Wine Festival features delicious foodie bites & sips plus great music and Zero Waste practices.




The moon is in Aries to start the week out. It’s a fire sign which is barren and dry. No planting on this day.

On Saturday and Sunday the moon will be in Taurus. It’s a earth sign which is moist and productive. These are good days to plant most above-ground crops including leafy greens.

Monday through Wednesday, the moon is in Gemini. It’s an air sign which is dry and barren. Seeds tend to rot that are planted on these days.

The week ends with the moon in Cancer. It’s a water sign which is moist and very fruitful. These are the best days to plant and transplanting of above ground crops. Great for leafy greens, peas, and beans. Most of this week is in the first quarter so focus on above ground crops that have no fruit.

—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: “in THE crowd” by The Years

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