Earlier this season, we began my first round of biodynamic sprays. As I have said before I am a skeptic, but not a cynic. I am open to trying anything. And I did. The results are already coming in.
Our field has been under a neighbor farmer’s care for many years. We took part of our operation and let it rest a few years ago. Along the edge of the land we reclaimed was a border where nothing really grew last year. Tires compacted the soil in the stretch between our operation and the other farmer’s soy field.
This year our neighbor planted winter wheat and accidentally planted onto the path around our property. I continued to treat it as ours and sprayed it with BD500, as I did with everything else. The results are interesting: the entire field is flecked with brown and yellow, but there is a solid block of deep, rich green in the only area I sprayed BD500.
Note: I selected these images from the tallest and greenest section without BD500 and from the sparsest and shortest section with BD500.
This is not conclusive, and this result may have a lot to do with the fact that the wheat was planted on soil that had not all been used for conventional crops last year, but neither had an additional “buffer” zone between our fields; this was seeded with wheat too and it shows no improvement from idling.
BD500 is not magic but it’s easy to feel that way. I did nothing else to this section whatsoever. And despite the fact that I cannot see the results on my dormant field, I think there is good reason to be optimistic.
When to spray: Whether you are spraying fish emulsion or mycorrhizal fungi, bacteria or BD500, the best time to spray is always in the evening.
Think of the soil as a sponge. If you leave it out all day, it dehydrates; if you leave it out all night, it becomes moist again. Always spray after the heat of the day is over and the Sun is setting. This way, your sprays do not evaporate, but are instead the first thing absorbed by the thirsty earth.
Twice as good is to spray while the Moon is descending. The “descent” of the Moon has nothing to do with waxing or waning. When the Moon has crossed the the descending node ☋ she is in the southern hemisphere, increasing the gravitational pull into the Earth. This is always a regular period of approximately two weeks.
Some people give recommendations based on Moon phases, and there might be some truth hidden in that, but I have no experience with that and cannot affirm the validity of any claims that lunar phases affect absorption. If you try to plant by lunar cycles, overlay your lunar cycle algorithm with the descending Moon and only in evenings. It is most important to spray in the evening.
Good luck! More soon.