Biodynamic Gardening: Good Days for Maintenance

Biodynamic Gardening Report 4—June 13-19, 2014

Discover which days this week are best for doing garden maintenance and which days promote the sowing of above-ground fruiting plants as well as how to keep your basil growing.


Biodynamic seed resulted in these vigorous peas—if we’d used taller stakes, they could have grown 10 feet tall: a winner

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.

  • This week presents a mixed bag with a few good days for planting amidst several days better suited for garden maintenance
  • We’re in the moon’s second quarter, a good time to sow plants with seeds inside the fruit such as melons and tomatoes
  • Friday June 13 is a good day to work ground and do chores
  • Saturday and Sunday are fine for planting but, if you can hold off until the following week, the moon moves into Pisces which is an excellent time for planting
  • When flowers start to appear on basil plants, pinch back these flowers to keep the plant full and vigorous
  • NOTE: in the podcast I mentioned that it was good for planting the “past couple of weeks” when I should have said “past couple of days”


—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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