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    Hi,
    biodynamic gardening (gardening with star influences and such) seems a very interesting approach of natural/organic gardening, but sounds a bit strange in few of it's preparations/methods. I am thinking about trying it, still need to get a calendar... Anyone already tried it?

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    i'm definately into new age stuff, but i dont think the stars will make your plants grow any better.

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    It's not just the stars but the moon, too. (See my moon thread)
    I have studied, apprenticed & am now practicing biodynamic gardening with the exception of the compost preparations. That's a bit like homeopathy to me & I'm still not 100% behind that. This is in my veggie & flower gardening. I don't think you would use compost with cp's, anyway. Tamlin takes care of the cp's but sometimes he listens to me when there is an optimal germination time. I don't have this year's calendar. I did have one once. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Huh, is this stuff related to Poor Richard's Farmer's Almanac (something like that). I had a roommate that swore by that stuff. She even cut her hair when suggested.:O
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    Not exactly. Bio-dynamic gardening goes back to Rudolf Steiner in Austria who started a school of thought & termed it 'Anthroposophy' - the 'science of the spirit.' Ever hear of Waldorf schools? That was him. He died in 1925. He greatly influenced Alan Chadwick (England) who coined the term "bio-dynamic gardening," who eventually ended up teaching at the University of Santa Cruz, as well as being a Shakespearean actor for 32 years. Alan Chadwick passed away on May 25, 1980. On the wall to the left of his bed he had hung -- just prior to his death -- a copy of Shakespeare's Sonnet XV. It is as fitting a summary of the man's life as anyone could ask for.

    Sonnet XV
    "When I consider every thing that grows
    Holds in perfection but a little moment,
    That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
    Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
    When I perceive that men as plants increase,
    Cheered and check'd even by the self-same sky;
    Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
    And wear their brave state out of memory;
    Then the conceit of this inconsistant stay
    Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
    Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay,
    To change your day of youth to sullied night;
    And, all in war with Time for love of you,
    As he takes from you, I engraft you new."


    Now, what do you think about that?
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    Quote[/b] ]He greatly influenced Alan Chadwick (England) who coined the term "bio-dynamic gardening," who eventually ended up teaching at the University of Santa Cruz, as well as being a Shakespearean actor for 32 years
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    Well, then, you can get first hand info from the folks still gardening there. I envy you. I apprenticed in 1984 (in Hendersonville, NC) with gardeners who graduated from there.
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    Santa Cruz is like Humboldt County. 'nough said. I'd go for evening walks and stumble on Wiccan ceremonies going on. I'll bet some of them are bio-dynamic gardeners. I'll have to ask next time I visit the area.
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