Miniature Monster Movie: Garden Pests

Biodynamic Gardening Report 14—August 22-28, 2014

As always, this week’s report provides information from the Farmer’s Almanac about best days to plant and work in the garden per moon phases and constellations. We also discuss those stupid green caterpillars that are exactly the same color as the plant they are infesting and consuming. Like a monster movie in miniature, the cycles of garden pests require careful monitoring and managing if you don’t want to make Green Caterpillar Lasagna.

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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.

  • On the day this episode aired—Friday August 22—we enjoyed our last good day for planting root crops and transplanting plants of all sorts
  • As we enter into the fourth quarter of the moon, there are no good days for planting seeds but August 28 and 29 present good conditions for transplanting plants
  • Chuck with 7th Heaven invaded our report with a tray of sliced figs they grow on their organic farm as well as avocados, berries, and other wonderful produce: impromptu taste test!
  • Yellow jackets love to eat those green caterpillars, by the way

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—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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