Dry Farm Smarts + 6 Ounces Water = 1 Pound Tomatoes

Biodynamic Gardening Report 51—May 8-14, 2015

In this almost last episode of our first year of podcasting about the forecast for gardening by the moon with San Luis Obispo County biodynamic farmer Ralph Johnson, we discuss the productive sign of Pisces—one of the best days for planting—as well as producing a pound of dry farmed tomatoes from just 6 ounces of water. All the water gets applied during the germination and seedling stage. Once they get planted in the field, however, they’re on their own. Good thing tomatoes from Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farms look as burly as quarterbacks: hearthy plants!


a healthy tomato started by Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farm in a 5-gallon bucket: looks like a quarterback



The week begins on Friday with the moon in Capricorn. It is an earth sign which is dry and productive. This is a good day to plant root crops.

Saturday and Sunday the moon is in Aquarius. It’s an air sign which is dry and barren. Excellent days to kill weeds and clean the garden.

Monday through Wednesday the moon is in Pisces. It’s a water sign which is moist and very productive. It is good to transplant and plant seeds for root crops.

Our week ends on Thursday with the moon in Aries. It’s a fire sign which is barren and dry. It’s a poor day for planting, work ground.

—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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