Peppering and Smudging Garden Pests

Biodynamic Gardening Report 42—March 6-12, 2015


Aphid-free eggplants via smudge smoke

In addition to the forecast for gardening by the moon, this report includes discussion of biodynamic pest controls that may sound unusual but absolutely achieve results in protecting the garden, field, greenhouse, and vineyard from voracious creatures. “Peppering” the perimeter of one’s field with the ashes of a sacrificial gopher works well to keep gophers away from tender plant roots while “smudging” greenhouse plants with smoke retards ants and aphids. Free and effective pest controls? Yes, please.



From Friday through Sunday, the week starts out with the moon in Libra. Libra is moist and semi fruitful: it’s an air sign. It’s the best for planting colorful and fragrant flowers.  It’s also good for root crops especially since the third quarter just began.

On Monday and Tuesday, the moon is in Scorpio. It is a water sign which is very fruitful and moist: it’s one of the best days to plant and transplant. It’s good for most plants (including leafy greens) with the emphasis on root crops.

The week ends with the moon in Sagittarius. It’s a fire sign which is dry and barren. No planting in this sign.

—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.


—photo: Ralph Johnson

—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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