It is one of the most important tasks in agriculture. The base of our gardens is to restore and improve the soil's fertility for healthy plants growth and upholding of good yields.
In Nature, both animals and plants die and decay on the forest floors and in meadows. They are then recycled in time by water, micro organisms, sun and air to produce an improved soil which has structure and nutrients.
In our farming we also combine various ancient and modern fertility management systems as described below:
The process of composting can be defined as the decomposition or breakdown and integration of organic materials with mineral matter by a large mixed population of microorganisms in a warm, moist, aerated environment in order to create a humus end product.
Green Manure Crops
The leguminous and carboneous plants grown in site have roots systems which are freely left in the soil and turned into humus by micro and macro fauna & flora. The aerial growth of these plants is used as mulching material, controlling weeds, water evaporation and providing a long term feed to the soil.
Earthworms represent a key component in the biological strategy of the soil nutrient cycle. Earthworms feed on nutrient rich waste, transforming them down into simpler substances, which facilitates further microbial action and ejecting out cast with high manuerial value and enzymes. (Vermicompost, vermiwash and earth worms introduction).
EM: Effective Micro Organisms
A modern mixed culture of micro organisms beneficial to soil fertility.
An ancient Indian plant growth promoter made out of the 5 products of the cow (Vrikshayurveda) : Urine, dung, milk, ghee, curd.
The name "Biodynamic" refers to ‘working with the energies which create and maintain life'. The term comes from two Greek words "Bios" (life) and "Dynamis" (energy).
Biodynamic principles were brought to light in the 1920's by Rudolf Steiner. Eastern philosophy and especially the Indian Vedas inspired much of Steiner's work.
Specially prepared and fermented cow manure, herbal preparations, foliar sprays and composts are used to enhance the soil's life strength, promoting the proliferation of beneficial micro-organisms and sustaining a balanced growth of plants.
Biodynamic sprays and preparations are applied in homeopathic doses and follow the cosmic rhythms for application (moon and planets)
Like the ancient Vedic scriptures Biodynamic treats the Earth as a living, conscious Being, the Earth Mother.