Greta Fields wrote:...I Just read about the reasoning behind this. The soil scientists around the turn of the century discovered that certain microbes produce humus. These microbes love to multiply in manure. Furthermore, these microbes are found in the body parts of dead creatures, like cow guts. Furthermore, if you add manure to the dead body parts, you get a great germ culture of humus-producing microbes.
Horns also contain the microbes, and you can put manure inside the horns to make a fast producing culture of humus-producing microbes. The microbes migrate from the horn into the infertile soil around them, and make that soil fertile fast -- they say it produces soil that is a lot like soil with lots of earthworm castings
Victor Johanson wrote:
Believing in cosmic forces seems no less absurd than considering ourselves mechanistically, as mere walking bags of chemicals resulting from random coincidence, so one of these days maybe I'll try some of these techniques and evaluate them personally. In the meantime I'm striving to keep my mind open, even to crazy-sounding theories.
Victor Johanson wrote:absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.... I'm striving to keep my mind open, even to crazy-sounding theories.
William James wrote:
Well said. Sorry if my post seemed like Steiner-bashing. I try to keep an open mind about what I haven't personally tried, and report on what I have tried. I have not tried cow dung in horns, and I don't think I'd like to try that for personal reasons, but I would like to try other bio-dynamic stuff for sure.
Meghan Orbek wrote:
I recommend a tactile encounter to anyone who demands scientific experiments. Sure, experiments are important- but they are not all that is needed to create understanding.
Just a thought.
"Below a pH of 6.2 to 6.5 azotobacteria and actinomycetes can not develop." - Nikolaus Remer, Organic Manure, pg 34.
We take manure, such as we have available. We stuff it into the horn of a cow, and bury the horn a certain depth into the earth — say about 18 in. to 2 ft. 6 in., provided the soil below is not too clayey or too sandy. (We can choose a good soil for the purpose. It should not be too sandy). You see, by burying the horn with its filling of manure, we preserve in the horn the forces it was accustomed to exert within the cow itself, namely the property of raying back whatever is life-giving and astral. Through the fact that it is outwardly surrounded by the earth, all the radiations that tend to etherealise and astralise are poured into the inner hollow of the horn. And the manure inside the horn is inwardly quickened with these forces, which thus gather up and attract from the surrounding earth all that is ethereal and life-giving.
And so, throughout the winter — in the season when the Earth is most alive — the entire content of the horn becomes inwardly alive. For the Earth is most inwardly alive in winter-time. All that is living is stored up in this manure. Thus in the content of the horn we get a highly concentrated, life-giving manuring force. Thereafter we can dig out the horn. We take out the manure it contains.
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Question: Should the dilution be continued arithmetically?
Answer: In this respect, no doubt, certain things will yet have to he discussed. Probably, with an increasing area you will need more water and proportionately fewer cow-horns. You will be able to manure large areas with comparatively few cow-horns. In Dornach we had twenty-five cow-horns; to begin with we had a fairly Large garden to treat. First we took one horn to half a bucketful. Then we began again, taking a whole bucketful and two cow-horns. Afterwards we had to manure a relatively larger area. We took seven cow-horns and seven bucketfuls.
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