Talking Tomato: Heirloom, Volunteer, and Dry Farmed

Biodynamic Gardening Report 46—April 3 to 9, 2015

Stupice tomato

Summer Solstice Stupice tomato purchased from Ralph Johnson in Spring 2014 that volunteered in winter 2015: we now have five healthy plants around the yard

It’s time for tomatoes: yes! So far this year, we’ve got five healthy volunteer Stupice tomato plants which we bought from Ralph Johnson and Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farms last year as well as three new heirlooms that will do well in our cooler coastal climate: San Francisco Fog, Principe Borghese, and Green Zebra. We’ve also got a couple of mystery tomatoes that emerged from our not-hot-enough compost bin that could be Cobra—which we often consume—or maybe it’s one of the parents that produced this hybrid. We won’t know for a while: science experiment!



On this Friday and Saturday, the moon is in Libra. It’s an air sign which is moist and semi fruitful: a good time to plant fragrant flowers and herbs. On Friday, plant above-ground fruiting crops and, on Saturday, plant root crops.

Sunday through Tuesday, the moon is in Scorpio. It’s a water sign which is moist and very fruitful: the best time to plant root crops. It’s also great for most other crops.

The week ends with the moon in Sagittarius. It’s s fire sign which is dry and barren. No planting on these days unless you want to rot seeds.

—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.


—seedlings photo: Ralph Johnson

—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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