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Biodynamic Year: Increasing Yield, Quality and Flavour, 100 Helpful Tips for the Gardener or Smallholder

by Maria Thun And Matthew Barton Temple Lodge Publishing
Pub Date:
04/2010
ISBN:
9781906999148
Format:
Pbk 128 pages
Price:
AU$37.99 NZ$39.12
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Maria Thun, a pre-eminent expert in biodynamic cultivation methods - sometimes referred to as ''premium organic'' - has here compiled over 100 of her best gardening tips based on 50 years' research. Find out: * how to produce abundant and tasty crops; * how special preparations can transform your soil and produce; * how the moon affects planting and growth; * the difference between 'root', 'leaf', 'blossom' and 'fruit' plants; * what the best storage methods are; and much more. Accompany the author on a journey through the seasons and discover lots of new tips and suggestions. There is a wealth of advice here for gardeners seeking to manage nature responsibly and successfully.
Maria Thun (1922-2012) was born near Malburg, Germany. Her father had a small farm and the children took part in the farm work. In the early 1940s Maria Thun met her future husband Walter Thun, who introduced her to some biodynamic farmers and Maria became greatly interested in these farming methods. She continued to experiment with sowing during the 1950s with many types of crops to see whether the movement of the moon had the same effect on all crops. From her observations she divided passage of the moon through the zodiac into four: root days, leaf days, fruit days and flower days, each indicating which type of plant is best sown on each specific day. Her annual sowing and planting calendar is published in 18 languages.