When I was young I loved the idea of fairies at the bottom of the garden! I was lucky enough to grow up in a magical garden where spring bulbs propelled themselves up from the earth, pushing through snow and frost, so it was really easy to imagine that you saw fairies, elves, pixies and all sorts of magical creatures.
Sadly our sensible, rational, anthropocentric world intruded and I was directed first into education and then into a life in the corporate world.
So I attended several workshops and read a lot of books, and sadly found that many authors preferred to gloss over talk of magical creatures. They are much more comfortable talking about the influences of the moon and the twelve planets of the zodiac and how this can promote the growth in plants. I think the woo-woo is just a little too “out there”!
What nearly everyone who practices biodynamics, whether it be farming or gardening, does seem to believe and agree on is that it works!
So What Is Biodynamics?
Biodynamics can be described as biology (bio) combined with belief (dynamism).
My favourite description of biodynamics is that it is a human service to the earth and her creatures, rather than just a method for increasing harvests or providing healthy food. The food that is produced is imbued with health-giving properties way beyond what you would anticipate from the food when it is grown without biodynamic involvement.
Many descriptions of biodynamic farming start with a description of the farm being an entity in its own right. Steiner viewed every farm, garden and property as a living entity with its own essence, and not just land where food is produced.
However, this has been interpreted as everything needed for the farm or garden should be created within the farm and this can tend to put people off. In this consumerist world that we live in, it can be hard to imagine how you could get to a point where you can create everything you would need for your own garden. This includes making your own soil and growing your own seeds, foods, mulch, biodynamic preparations etc.
Luckily, due to this consumerism in our society we can purchase in many of the ingredients that we need to grow food using biodynamic preparations.
Want To Know More About Biodynamics?
If you are interested in learning more about biodynamic gardening, The Delectable Garden runs Introduction to Biodynamics workshops on a regular basis. Please contact us on the link below if you want more information.
The following photos show students involved on making some biodynamic preparations during a workshop.