"My wife, Michelle, wanted to try biodynamic gardening, we find it really rewarding and are sold on its benefits." David Brewer
Biodynamics encourages a ‘mindful’ holistic approach to gardening, a rewarding pastime which enriches garden and gardener alike. It invites the gardener on a journey of discovery, values intuition as well as science, and fosters a special sense of wellbeing.
The difference between organic & biodynamic gardening
Though more complex in some ways, biodynamic gardening is a natural extension of organic gardening. Both share the same passion for producing delicious, chemical-free food, caring for soils, bees and wildlife, and champion biodiversity and health.
Sometimes described as ‘organic plus’, the biodynamic approach is both down to earth and spiritual. It places a greater emphasis on utilising all natural forces - tuning into Nature’s rhythms, which in turn cultivates a deepening, more harmonious connection with Nature and your garden.
Observation, and taking time out to reflect and learn from your garden – ‘slow gardening’ - to find what works best for your garden is also key.
Fundamental to biodynamics is the use of specially prepared tonics and soil and compost activators known as biodynamic preparations,
Though not unique to biodynamics, the popular Planting Calendar , based on over 50 years research , which gives guidance on optimum times to sow and plant, is another biodynamic tool, used worldwide by many gardeners. Biodynamics also advocates homemade biodynamic compost to enrich soil life and vitality.
Benefits: in a nutshell
• improved soil and plant health & vitality
• plants more naturally resistant to pests and diseases
• humus rich compost, teeming with beneficial microbial life
• nutrient dense fruit and vegetables that keep fresh for longer
• increased yields, quality, and flavour of home-grown produce
• more fragrant flowers and herbs
• a deeper connection with Nature and natural systems
Biodynamic gardening has never been more popular. The simplest way to start is to join our friendly online gardening club (see below). Attending a biodynamic gardening course for home gardeners is a fun way to learn and meet up with other gardeners as is linking up with a local group.
Our new online Biodynamic Association Garden Club (BDGC) is a vibrant, mutually supportive gardening club for everyone curious about the biodynamic approach and practices, how to get closer to nature, enjoy more wellbeing, protect wildlife, and who might like to learn more about and how to create their own havens of vitality and biodiversity - above and below ground.
What the club offers
• Members-only Facebook page - the hub of the club - where members can share experience, tips, advice; get connected and be part of our growing community.
• Expert advice from hands on biodynamic gardeners
• Dedicated members website area, and online resource library
• Regular email updates, with news, features and much more
• Interactive webinars with experts in their field
• Member events
Membership : £15 for 12 months
Our mission is to introduce, encourage and enable as many people as possible to engage with a biodynamic ‘mindful‘ approach to growing in restorative and regenerative ways that help combat climate change and lead to long-lasting positive health and wellbeing
Together with our partners, Weleda , Waltham Place Estate, Greencuisine Trust and The Wholistic Living University, our aim is to empower people to nurture truly planet-friendly plots, make a lasting difference for the Earth, and grow great food!
Whether you have a small or big garden or plot, we welcome everyone – you won’t find a more friendly club.
Already Joined? Click here to enter the Club Members Area
Forgotton the password? Contact the BDA Office E: Office@biodynamic.org.uk or tel: 01453 759501
Coronavirus Update: Allotments
The Government has made it clear you can still tend your allotment during this time. But to stay safe you should follow the sensible guidance produced by the National Allotment Society. Click here to read the latest guidance.