Biodynamic Seeds, Basils & Padrón Peppers

Biodynamic Gardening Report 7—July 4-10, 2014

For Independence Day, farmer Ralph Johnson and I discuss issues with seed saving, including ratio of seed-size to viability as well as when to sow and when to focus on maintenance in the garden. We also both love tasty Padrón peppers!

A range of basil plants for sale at JR Johnson Biodynamic Organic Farm's farmers market booth

A range of basil plants for sale at JR Johnson Biodynamic Organic Farm’s farmers market booth

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.

  • With the moon in Scorpio on July 3-4, it’s one of the best times in the month to plant
  • On the cusp of the first and second quarters of the moon, sow above-ground non-fruiting plants as well as plants with flesh surrounding the seeds like tomatoes and melons
  • Do general farm/yard/garden work the rest of the week and avoid planting after July 4
  • We discuss Ralph’s favorite garden tools: his hands!
  • Seed saving tips and a review of the seed packets he has for sale at his market booth


—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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