We have added a symbol to the top of our website to easily show you the type of day it is on the Biodynamic Calendar for Plantings and Sowings.
Applying biodynamic preparations is a main component of biodynamic farming, but second to that is following the biodynamic calendar. The biodynamic calendar allows farmers to proactively focus their work on the part of the plant that is most responsive on a day to day basis. This calendar allows us to understand how the cosmos affect our practices here on earth, how the greater pushes and pulls of the universe influence the flora around us. We all know how powerful the moon’s affect is on ocean tides, so just imagine how powerful it is on the small parts of a grapevine.
The calendar is more specific than just a full or new moon’s position. It doesn’t resemble the traditional farmers’ almanacs or astrology calendars we’re accustomed to seeing in magazines. We invite you to dive deeper into how it was created, here.
The biodynamic calendar breaks down each day as a fruit, flower, leaf, or root day, the four main components of a plant.
- Flower Day: a good day to harvest and work on white wine grapes
- Leaf Day: the plant is focused on producing chlorophyll, so best to avoid harvesting and spraying
- Fruit Day: best day for harvesting grapes, spraying preps, and composting
- Root Day: best day for pruning, good for tilling and composting, okay for harvesting red grapes; avoid drinking wine
The above symbols are now visible near the shopping cart symbol, in the upper right hand corner of our website. Learn more about our biodynamic farming practices here.