I often find myself struggling with the concept of Biodynamics. I want a solid definition that I can grasp with both hands. How exactly does it work? Planting with the moon cycle, burying cow horns, and homeopathy via against the part of me that went through the education system that needs scientific evidence to back everything up.
And yet, it is very clear that Biodynamics works. Biodynamics not only works, but works dramatically well. Our customers can attest to the difference in taste.
We know how important the health of our gut microbes are, but what about the health of our soil’s microbiology?
Just as we have accidentally destroyed vital microbes in our gut by overusing antibiotics or overeating highly processed foods, we have also killed the life in our soil, by overusing certain chemical fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides. These chemicals along with heavy machinery and tillage have dramatically reduced the organic matter in the soil, which healthy soil should be full of.
You see plant roots need help to extract nutrition from the soil. The partners in this process are the bacteria and fungi and a myriad of other soil microbes that live in the soil with them. These soil microorganisms serve as the “stomachs” of plants and form symbiotic relationships with plant roots and “digest” nutrients, providing nitrogen, phosphorus, and many other nutrients in a form that plant cells can use.
If the micro-biome of your soil is not healthy, plants can’t get what they need from the soil and can survive only by direct applications of nitrogen and other soluble nutrients, which they receive from fertiliser’s like Urea. Like a drug addict, the land is addicted to this nitrogen shot, which prevents plants from forming a normal healthy root system. Plants farmed in this way have small, shallow root systems.