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6/4/2009 11:57:47 AM
Ready for Enlightenment?
June is the month with the most daylight. The longest day of the year is June 24, the day of John the Baptist, the light-bringer in the Bible. One of the most popular medicinal plants, St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)—used in Weleda medicines, has a special connection to light and sun. Its flowers’ yellow color, the receiving attitude of its branches, the arrangement of its leaves so none is in shadow, and the way the cells hold the oil, visible in the petals and leaves as little points — the whole plant is like stored sunlight. With these characteristics, the plant can bring light to people who suffer from dark moods and depressions. In the...
3/20/2009 3:11:00 PM
The Time for Nature to Awaken
March always feels like an in-between month, not winter but not yet spring. The days are gray and cold, and the trees are still bare. But you can sense that nature soon will burst forth. Already the birds tell us so with their songs. In March the gardeners return from winter break, full of hope for a good season with all growing factors in harmony. Here in the medicinal garden it’s the month for root harvesting. The soil remains wet and cold, while the plants’ exposed parts bear traces of the long winter. It’s difficult to imagine that strong, beautiful plants will emerge in a few weeks. But when you take the root, brush off any soil and look...
4/11/2009 9:11:00 AM
The Start of Something Green
In April very beautiful things happen in the garden. Spring is near, and we all feel relieved at the appearance of the first splendid flowers — Adonis vernalis (pheasant’s eye), Primula veris (cowslip), Daphne mezereum (Daphne) and many others. The greenhouses are now full of young plants. Soon they’ll be in the garden, strong and healthy. We prepare the fields using several types of machinery. But just as important is the unique Biodynamic® application of the manure preparation. For the mixture to reach the right quality and property, the manure must be stirred in water for an hour.  Then we spray it on the fields to support their fertility. We...