Quartz Crystal Hunting After Winter Rains

Biodynamic Gardening Report 31—Dec. 19-25, 2014

Ralph Johnson plans to spend the Winter Solstice this year hunting quartz crystals in southern California. At the Vernal Equinox in March, he’ll once again unearth the cow horn buried six months before at the Autumnal Equinox, empty it of the “cosmically cured” cow manure and refill it with these solstice quartz crystals, ground in to a fine powder.

If it sounded crazy and didn’t work, I can understand the skepticism. But these inexpensive and relatively simple preparations and inputs have such a noticeable affect on agricultural yields, why wouldn’t you give it a whirl? Happy Solstice, listeners.

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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.

  • Friday is a good day for planting root crops like carrots and radishes
  • We’re going to scatter plant a number of wildflower seed packets around the yard because these native seeds are designed to germinate with California’s winter rains
  • Ralph Johnson is a rockhound

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—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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