"I love the way biodynamic gardening brings me into the rhythm of the day, the cosmos and spirit of life. It's not simply about producing food that is delicious and flowers that are gorgeous, but it's about sustaining "life" in it's fullest expression... I love it!" - Biodynamic Gardening Club Member Lorraine
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.
You can also watch our mini-series of videos by Claire Hatterley.