Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia, USA, Zone 7b, KeB Bojac Sandy Loam
posted 3 years ago
Many people say it takes as much as seven years. Straight from Steiner, his indications for animals seem to be that they are acclimated/adapted to the farm after a couple of years. It depends on how you're working. The compost preparations help improve the compost process, making a higher cation exchange capacity (CEC) final product. Almost any soil being converted to permaculture (or biodynamics) is probably very tired and biologically dead.
Pests show up when organisms "leak" nutrients (odors). They do more of this when fed raw manure or unfinished compost. The first step to biodynamics is better compost. Attached is a good PDF that can seriously help improve composting -- one I wish I'd found years ago:http://www.worldsbestcompost.com/index.html?hop=weaverllc
Weeds show up for the same reason -- often excess nutrients and/or acidity.
Start with a very small area until you see results that differ from the rest of the farm. If you do make the whole farm biodynamic all at once, you may feel like it's not doing anything. I've been progressively converting our farm and there are distinct "zones" from progressive years of biodynamic treatment.
Compost is made from decomposed organic materials. A colloid is a liquid with solid suspended in it firmly like, for example, butter, which is cream with fat suspended in it. Completed compost becomes humus. Additional fermentation is needed for it to become colloidal. When compost reaches the colloid state it can be rolled into a rubbery ball. It will continue to compost and feed itself. This process keeps important plant nutrients from being washed away.
Place grass clippings, dry leaves, kitchen scraps and straw into a shredder. One can be rented from your local equipment rental dealer. Shred organic materials into fine particles.
Add shredded materials to large back trash bag. Add 1 cup of lime to the bag. Add 1 quart of water to the bag. Place the bag in direct sunlight during the summer and into a heated garage or basement in the winter. It takes approximately six to 12 months for this to completely breakdown.
Open the bag after six months. Grab a handful of compost. It should form a rubber-like ball. If it does not form a rubbery ball, close the bag and allow the mixture to decompose for six more months.
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I believe Brian Kierkvliet is a biodynamic farmer. He has done podcasts with Paul about it. He has YouTube videos of his own and is famously in Paul's video about using horsetail tea on his squash plant. i haven't personally taken a tour of his farm but from what I can see from various videos he has a great system setup to harvest water and nutrients on his property. Enjoy listening to Brian.
I noticed it immediately the very first year. best crops I ever had
most disease and pest resistant as well. I also had a control group where i planted each group of veggies in one plot on the same day. They did horrible in comparison to the rest of the garden when planted on the right moon days.
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